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Personalized Surgery

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Every knee is different

The knee is a joint that unites the tibia (shinbone), femur (thighbone) and patella (kneecap). Cartilage, a lubricating tissue, covers the tips of these bones to cushion them during movement. If the knee becomes damaged, worn or diseased so badly that it causes pain, even when resting, it may need to be replaced with an artificial joint.

Everyone's knees - and the tissues and bony structures connected to them - are different. Knee replacement surgery requires a knee implant that is precision-fitted to the patient. The surgeon must make exact cuts to the connecting bones to ensure proper alignment and to correct the deformity so that function is restored and pain is alleviated. The evolution of robotic technology, even in the short space of the last several years, has made greater accuracy through personalization - and all its related benefits - possible.

Robotics make it personal

During any kind of robotic-assisted surgery, the physician uses a computer to control instruments that are able to reach difficult-to-access places in the body, and has the advantage of a magnified view of the operative field. Computer software assists with complex decision-making and facilitates exact positioning, whether the surgeon is performing an implant, removing a tumor or repairing an organ.

A robotic-assisted knee replacement begins with anatomical data collected from the patient before and during the procedure. A series of X-rays is used to create a three-dimensional model of the patient's knee. During the procedure, a camera and optical trackers - similar to a car's GPS - let the orthopedic surgeon know where the leg is in space. If the leg moves a fraction of a millimeter, the robot adjusts accordingly. This information and technology guarantees consistent precision and accuracy with bone cuts, implant sizing and soft tissue balancing, enabling the surgeon to place the new joint for optimal functionality and comfort.

Talk to an orthopedic surgeon

The decision to have knee replacement surgery is exciting and potentially life changing; patients should discuss all aspects - eligibility, pre-op requirements, the procedure itself and recovery expectations - with their orthopedic surgeon. For the names of Holy Name Medical Center orthopedic surgeons who perform robotic-assisted knee replacement, please see below.



Ari Seidenstein, MD


Harlan Levine, MD


John Katona, MD

 


Raphael Longobardi, MD


Gregg Klein, MD


Jeffrey Steuer, MD