Three Things Robotic Knee Surgery Can Do That Human Hands Cannot

Any type of traditional surgery that involves the skills of human hands often results in longer recovery time and (sometimes) more surgery. This is due to the fact that even though you may have the best surgeon performing your procedure, there is still some marginal room for human error. Robotic surgery, especially robotic knee surgery, ankle surgery and wrist surgery, removes most of the human error margins. Here are three things that robotic knee surgery can do and do better than human hands and traditional surgery cannot do.

Precision Surgery

Robotic surgery can, and does, utilize very precise instruments for cutting, removing, reattaching and stitching or sealing wounds. Imagine being able to cauterize blood vessels with a laser or make a surgical incision with a robotic scalpel one fourth the size of a traditional scalpel. That is the kind of precision and precision instruments attached to the arms of the robotic surgical machinery. It removes any fumbling for instruments, any heavy bleeding, and any surgical fatigue that can cause quivering fingers out of the operating room, and allows skilled surgeons to perform the procedure from a very comfortable chair just a few yards away from the operating table.

Perfect Positioning of Your New Knee

The robotic surgical machine also positions the new knee components into the perfect position and holds them in place until the components are attached with the help of other robotic arms. There is no slippage, therefore there is no need to reopen the knee to correct a slightly misaligned or misplaced knee cap. You can also keep most of your old, natural knee because it helps stabilize the replacement parts and keeps them in position after the surgery.

Tiny Incisions

Given the nature of traditional surgery, the surgeon usually has to cut into the side of the knee using larger incisions. This in turn means a longer recovery time and the need for drainage stints. The robotic knee surgical procedure makes very tiny incisions and can slip under the skin and fascia of the knee with instruments so small that not even your surgeon's pinky finger could duplicate it. After your surgery is complete, you may not even need stitches because the incisions are so small. Many patients are wheeled out of the recovery room with just butterfly bandages holding their incisions closed and no drainage stints are necessary. Within a couple of weeks you can start rehab therapy and your knee will not look like it had surgery at all.

To learn more about robotic knee surgery, contact a company like Noyes Knee Institute