New Year, New Knee: How Robotic Surgery Gets You Back on Your Feet

New Year, New Knee: How Robotic Surgery Gets You Back on Your Feet: Chris Boone, MD: Orthopedic Surgeon

In the past, knee and other orthopedic injuries often required traditional surgery, which included hospital stays and a significant recovery period that involved taking time off work or school, limited mobility, and a recovery period that could take weeks or months depending on the severity of the injury and the person’s individual health and fitness profile. Thanks to robotic surgery, knee replacement surgery is now more precise and less invasive than ever before.

Our orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Christopher R. Boone, offers robot-assisted knee surgery and other orthopedic services from several convenient locations including Bellevue, Redmond, and Issaquah, Washington.

Benefits of robotic surgery

Robotic surgery offers a less invasive and more precise alternative to traditional surgery (also known as open surgery). Depending on the procedure, the severity of the condition, and the patient’s health and circumstances, robot-assisted surgery can provide relief from pain and mobility issues associated with degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis, without many of the side effects and lengthy recovery period associated with traditional surgery.

Some of the many benefits of robotic orthopedic surgery include:

  • Less time in the hospital
  • Less pain and discomfort after surgery
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less risk of infection and complications
  • Less blood loss
  • Smaller/minimal scarring

Robotic surgery allows for greater precision and accuracy and allows Dr. Boone to remove damaged tissue and resurface the knee with more focus and much less impact and risk of affecting neighbouring tissue. The computer-guided robotic “arms” are an extension of the surgeon’s hands, but with a much smaller margin of error.

Is robotic surgery right for you?

Degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis can have a severe impact on your quality of life and eventually lead to permanent joint damage. After a comprehensive evaluation and review of your medical history and health profile, Dr. Boone will make a recommendation for the best course of treatment for your situation.

Robotic surgery is available for a number of procedures and is commonly used for hip replacement and knee replacement procedures, depending on the patient and the extent of damage to the joint. While the recovery period is generally shorter and less intensive with minimally invasive procedures like robotic surgery, you may still need to undergo physical therapy and a limited activity while you heal.

For more information about the benefits of robotic knee surgery and to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure, contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations, or request an appointment online.

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