What Is Robotic-Assisted Surgery?
Robotic-Assisted Surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that allows surgeons to make simpler cuts and more precise implants than typically possible through conventional approaches. The robotic-assisted system includes a high-definition 3D camera and mechanical arm with small, nimble surgical instruments attached to it. The surgeon guides the operation in real-time by controlling this robotic system from a high-powered computer console. The system does not operate independently and only responds to the surgeon’s commands — hence, “robotic-assisted.” The benefit of this system is that it gives the surgeon better visibility, access to, and range of motion within the surgical site. Patients thereby experience optimal results and recovery times.
Robotic-Assisted Hip and Knee Surgery at Atlantic Orthopaedics
Orthopedic care is constantly evolving to provide new techniques that improve surgical outcomes. At Atlantic Orthopaedics, we stand at the forefront of this innovation and are proud to bring cutting-edge, minimally-invasive surgical technology to patients who are suffering from severe hip and knee pain caused by trauma, relative motion injuries, and joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis.
Our experienced physicians have helped pioneer robotic-assisted total hip replacement surgery and robotic-assisted partial and total knee replacement surgery on the New Hampshire Seacoast, in Southern Maine, and nationwide so that you can feel confident in your level of care.
Prior to your surgery, one of our expert surgeons will take a CT scan of your knee or hip and they will use this to create a 3D model of the joint that they can bring into the operating room. This model provides a comprehensive look into the damaged joint and allows your surgical team to accurately map out and preplan your surgery. During the procedure itself, your surgeon will remain in complete control, guiding the robotic arm to properly position the implant into your joint with increased accuracy.
Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery
Because robotic-assisted surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure, it offers many benefits, including:
- Smaller incisions
- Increased accuracy
- Reduced blood loss
- Reduced risk of infection
- Shorter hospitalization times
- Less scarring
- Reduced recovery periods
- Fewer complications
Robotic-Assisted Surgeries Offered
All robotic-assisted surgeries take place at either Portsmouth Regional Hospital or York Hospital, and starting in Spring 2021 we will offer select robotic-assisted procedures at our new ambulatory surgical center located on-site at our offices in Portsmouth, NH.
Knee Replacement Surgeries Offered
- Robotic-Assisted Total Knee replacement (using MAKO)
- Robotic-Assisted Partial Knee Replacement (using MAKO)
- Robotic-Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing (using MAKO)
- Robotic-Assisted Muscle-Sparing Total Knee Replacement
Learn about Knee Replacement Surgery at Atlantic Orthopeaedics.
Hip Replacement Surgeries Offered
- Robotic-Assisted Direct Anterior Total Hip Replacement (using MAKO)
- Robotic-Assisted Posterior Total Hip Replacement (using MAKO)
Learn about Hip Replacement Surgery at Atlantic Orthopeaedics.
About MAKO-Arm Technology
At Atlantic Orthopeadics, we are proud to use the MAKO Robotic-Arm System. This system allows for the highest degree of precision, accuracy, and predictability during a hip or knee replacement procedure — fully customized to meet your exact needs.
Here is an example of how the machine works, using Total Knee Replacement:
Common Conditions and Injuries Treated
Robotic-assisted surgery can help relieve various types of pain caused by the following:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- General Joint pain
- General Joint Stiffness
- Cartilage injuries
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury
- Localized and Widespread, Persistent Joint Swelling
- Localized and Widespread, Persistent Joint Tenderness
Robotic-Assisted Knee or Hip Surgery Candidates
If you are experiencing persistent knee or hip pain that worsens with activity and has failed to respond to non-operative treatments or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, you may be a candidate for robotic-assisted surgery.
Our doctors will recommend the treatment option best suited for you based on a full clinical evaluation of your pain, health history, family health history, and lifestyle as well as advanced imaging results like x-ray, MRI, EMG, ultrasound, or CT Scans.
In all cases, we will work with you, other healthcare professionals, and your family or loves ones to clearly explain the benefits, risks, and expected recovery timelines related to any treatment.
Robotic-Assisted Surgery Consultations
Is robotic-assisted surgery right for you? Reach out to schedule a consultation to discuss your pain, and to learn more about health insurance coverage and post-operative life.