Robotics- The Game Changer with Dr. Durbhakula

Robotics- The Game Changer with Dr. Durbhakula

Dr. Sridhar Durbhakula, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, shares his perspective on robotic-assisted surgery and how it optimizes outcomes for his patients.

Surgery using robotics sounds like a futuristic goal, but that future is now. Orthopedic surgeons have begun using robotics in the operating room, relying on the machine’s precise movements to help them achieve greater accuracy in procedures such as knee replacements. Robotic surgery does not mean that an actual robot performs the surgery. Instead, surgeons use a robotic arm to execute parts of the procedure. The arm ensures the steadiest movements while navigating small places.

Using CT scans, the robotic arm works from 3D images of the surgical area to perform a range of tasks, such as:

  • Preparing the bone
  • Introducing the implant
  • Balancing the implant
  • Checking for the right fit

Some patients feel hesitant when they learn about this new technique and wonder if it’s safe. The fact is patients who undergo robotic-assisted surgery experience less cutting of bone and tissue.  Better accuracy also helps with implant placement, so that patients yield better longevity from their implants.

When robotics is utilized by a surgeon during hip and knee surgery, the incisions will be much smaller, and the patient is less likely to suffer pain or damage to the ligaments that surround the knee. With better preservation of the patient’s anatomy, we’re much more likely to meet the patient’s functional demands. Some patients are able to go home and walk on the same day.

When a patient undergoes a procedure using a robotic arm, the downtime for surgery is much less and the incisions are much smaller. Because of this, patients often experience a quicker recovery period and an increased likelihood of restoring complete mobility and movement following knee replacement surgery.

during robotic surgery, the surgeon guides the operation from the computer station nearby but does not stand directly over you

How Dr. Durbhakula’s Background Helps With Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Dr. Durbhakula is one of just a small number of surgeons across the country trained in robotic-assisted surgery. He has an impressive resume, including graduating with honors from Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

His focus on pioneering techniques, such as direct anterior hip replacement using navigation and the Hana table, makes him the perfect candidate to use this innovative technique.

Who Are Good Candidates for Robotic-Assisted Surgery?

Almost any patient is a good candidate for robotic surgery. Nevertheless, there are a few candidates who are not well-suited for robotic-assisted procedures.

Those with the following health conditions should be cautious when considering this type of surgery:

  • Complex Deformity
  • High Fracture Risk
  • Revision Surgery
  • High Surgical Risk
  • Significant bone thinning
  • Obesity

Be sure to consult with your doctor before deciding whether robotic surgery is the right course of action for you.

each patient should speak with their doctor about whether robotic surgery is right for their condition