Total hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which a damaged hip joint is removed (both the ball and socket sections of the joint) and replaced with an artificial hip joint due to breakdown of cartilage causing pain.
Total hip replacement surgery can now be performed with the assistance of a robotic-arm, which increases precision and accuracy, among other positive benefits.
Suitable Candidates for Total Hip Replacement Surgery
Suitable candidates include:
- Those who suffer from severe pain due to a degeneration of their hip joint, or people with arthritic hip joints that restrict them from normal daily activities.
- Those who have not responded successfully to non-surgical treatments such as weight loss, medication, and physical therapy.
What is MAKOplasty?
MAKOplasty refers to a surgical procedure which uses the robotic-arm interactive orthopedic system (RIO) for knee and hip replacement surgery.
Utilizing the Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Hip Replacement Surgery Technique
Utilizing a robotic-arm to assist in surgery results in greater overall accuracy and precision when compared to traditional surgery. This technique reduces the chances of common complications due various factors such unintended shaking of the surgeons hands. Due to the greater accuracy and control, the risk of misalignment, dislocation, and leg length discrepancy of the replacement hip joint is reduced.
Robotic-arm assisted total hip replacement surgery utilizes a 3D imaging camera and a machine that controls the whole operation while analyzing the results in real time. Pre-surgery, a computer x-ray is carried out on the patient to assist surgeons in making a detailed plan of action. During the surgery, the robotic-arm helps to position the artificial joint in place according to the predetermined plans to ensure a high level of precision.
Benefits of Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Hip Replacement Surgery
Benefits of choosing robotic-arm assisted hip replacement surgery include:
- This technique enables the highly accurate positioning of the artificial hip joint, thus reducing complications which may arise from incorrect positioning of the joint, for example, hip joint dislocation.
- Minimally invasive surgery; most patients (about 90%) are able to begin walking with the aid of a supportive device within 24 hours after surgery.
- Small incision, minimal blood loss, and fast rehabilitation times mean that patients are usually able to return home after just 3 days of recovery in the hospital.
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