What is robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery, also known as robot-assisted surgery, involves the use of innovative technology such as robotic tools and computer assistance. Using robotics allows the team at Tier 1 Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Institute to perform complex procedures with enhanced flexibility and precision compared to conventional surgery. Robotic surgeries are usually minimally invasive, which means they involve smaller incisions and less damage to healthy tissues. Minimally invasive robotic surgery offers many benefits, including less pain and blood loss, a quicker recovery, and a reduced risk of complications like infection.
How does robotic surgery work?
During robotic surgery, your highly skilled surgeon is in control of the procedure at all times. There are various ways robotics can assist with surgery, but the most common approach uses a device with a camera arm and several mechanical arms that hold surgical instruments. Your surgeon operates from a console, where they can view high-definition images of the inside of your body from the camera. They control the mechanical arms, which offer a greater range of motion than the human hand. They may also upload an imaging scan, such as computerized tomography (CT), into a computer to create a precise surgical plan based on your unique anatomy.
What surgical procedures can use robotics?
Robotic surgery plays a role in many medical specialties, including orthopedics, spine surgery, and neurosurgery. Common uses for robotic surgery include:
Joint replacement surgery
Robotic technology can assist with various joint replacement procedures, including total and partial knee replacements, total hip replacements, and ankle replacements.
The team at Tier 1 Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Institute may recommend robotics for minimally invasive spine surgery or brain surgery.
When would I need robotic surgery?
The Tier 1 Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Institute team may recommend robotic surgery if you have ongoing pain and symptoms from an injury or disease like arthritis that doesn’t improve with conservative treatment. However, robotic surgery isn’t the best option for every person. Your surgeon discusses your condition and explains the most effective approach, which may include conventional open surgery or minimally invasive surgery that doesn’t use robotics. For advanced expertise in robotic surgery, call Tier 1 Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Institute, or request an appointment online today.