Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery launched a study to evaluate the accuracy of robotic- and navigation-assisted technology in the placement of pedicle screws in spine surgery. They also set out to determine the extra time needed in the operating room when implementing the new system.
At Rush, orthopedic surgeons Vasili Karas, MD, MS, and Denis Nam, MD, are using new technology to perform joint replacement surgery. Karas and Nam have been using and studying three different types of robotic-assisted surgery in both knee replacement and hip replacement.
Advances such as computer navigation, 3D imaging and robotic-assisted surgery are enabling spine surgeons to perform less invasive, yet more precise procedures at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
Robotic-assisted knee replacement allows for optimal alignment and positioning of the knee implant, as well as optimal ligament balancing. This is critically important for the best outcome and long-term success of the surgery, according to Geoffrey Westrich, MD, at Hospital for Special Surgery. Such precision could potentially lead to a longer-lasting knee replacement.
Advances in knee replacement surgery, such as robotic-assisted surgery and improvements in implant design and materials, make it a viable option for younger patients seeking pain relief.