- March 26, 2019
Florida Orthopaedic Institute surgeons use robotic-assisted surgery to perform partial and total joint replacements. This latest advancement in orthopedics gives patients better outcomes, less pain, more natural joint motion, and shorter recovery times. My specialty is adult reconstruction. I do 4 to 500 hip and knee replacements a year. One of the advanced techniques that I’ve been working with is the robotic surgery, specifically the Navio instrumentation, which is robotic surgery to assist procedures. With the use of robotics and a handpiece such as this, you’re allowed to do more minimally invasive procedures, smaller incisions, less muscle cutting, tissue cutting, and more of a muscle sparing approach to the surgery. This allows for patients to recover quicker, have less pain, and return to their normal function at a quicker rate. The way the robotic assistant procedure works is we use special equipment to essentially map out the patient’s anatomy of their knee joint and then use the map and then use a robotic-assisted technology to prepare the bone for the instrumentation of the implants. So what the robotic system allows us to do is multifactorial. We can actually customize the placement of the implants, the size of the implants, so they will fit the patient perfectly. We can align the implants so that we know what their overall axial alignment is. We sort of anticipate what their alignment was before they became arthritic and try to reestablish that. And we can do that with high precision, which we’ve never been able to do before the advent of use of robotics. Our facility specializes in outpatient procedures, and we’re one of the only centers in the Southeastern United States to perform outpatient robotic procedures, robotics, precision, flexibility, control, consistency, accuracy, leading the way with robotic-assisted knee and hip replacement surgery, Florida Orthopaedic Institute.