Just a few years ago, hip replacement surgery using robotics seemed far off in the future — something that might happen someday, but probably not in our lifetimes. But the new robotic hip replacement surgery has arrived faster than many expected, and it delivers a variety of benefits. Before deciding what type of operation to have, you should understand robotic vs. traditional hip replacement surgery and how the two methods compare.
Advantages of Robotic Hip Surgery
During robotic hip surgery, the physician remains entirely in charge. Not everything is automated. The surgeon still performs the operation — they just use a sophisticated robotic arm that makes their movements more precise and helps them create a better plan for the surgery. Patients see multiple benefits from this type of procedure.
1. Impressive Accuracy
With robotic hip surgery, physicians can perform more accurate surgery. They have an increased ability to preserve the healthy bone in and around the hip while removing all the diseased or unhealthy bone and cartilage. Better accuracy helps the replacement last longer without complications.
2. Minimal Invasion
Minimally invasive surgeries require less recovery time. The less a surgeon pokes and prods in your body, the faster you will heal. You may also lose less blood from minimally invasive procedures and experience less muscle damage or soreness.
The precision of the robotic procedure allows the physician to make smaller incisions and reduces the need to “explore” to find the source of the problem. You can be heading to the recovery room before a traditional hip replacement surgery would even finish.
3. Higher Patient Satisfaction
People tend to favor procedures that save them time and money, so it’s no surprise that robotic hip replacement has earned such strong support from patients who have undergone the surgery. Most people appreciate the efficiency of the procedure. Plus, you may experience less premature hip joint deterioration or impingement, which can occur when the parts of the hip joint rub together post-surgery.
4. Natural-Feeling Joint
The goal of any joint replacement surgery is to help you feel and walk better than you did before the procedure, when you may have been struggling with pain. Patients who undergo robotic surgery agree that their new joints feel natural and comfortable, with fewer weight-loading issues leading to trouble in the spine. Most people who undergo robotic surgery have no difficulty returning to their pre-surgery routines.
Is Robotic Hip Replacement Surgery Better Than the Traditional Method?
Our patients appreciate the many benefits of robotic hip surgery, and many prefer it over traditional methods. If you have tried medication and physical therapy and haven’t found relief, then robotic hip replacement surgery could be the right solution for you. People with arthritis or other degenerative hip diseases make good candidates for the procedure, as do patients whose hip issues are caused by an injury.
Robotic hip replacement surgery can saves you on recovery time and costs. If you are considering hip replacement surgery, get in touch with us today to discuss our robotic replacement options.