Life Wilgeheuwel Hospital lately launched a brand new, progressive robotic surgical procedure choice for knee-replacement surgical procedure as a part of its orthopaedic programme.
Sufferers at Life Wilgeheuwel Hospital are actually benefiting from exact and personalised knee-replacement surgical procedure with a robotic surgical assistant, known as the ROSA Knee System. This method permits surgeons to hold out knee-replacement procedures with better precision and supplies a better commonplace of care throughout such surgical procedure. It utilises real-time info and assists surgeons with exact placement of the knee implants based mostly on an individual’s distinctive knee anatomy.
The process is usually beneficial for people with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee, exhibiting signs equivalent to knee ache, knee swelling and knee locking that’s not amenable to conservative remedy, in addition to to sufferers with broken knees attributable to extreme accidents.
“At Life Wilgeheuwel Hospital we attempt to offer high quality care and a high quality affected person expertise which is why we’re excited in regards to the robotic expertise and proud to supply this superior, much less invasive choice that may present a better diploma of accuracy and improved surgical outcomes to our sufferers,” stated Adri Botes, Life Wilgeheuwel Hospital supervisor.
How does robotic-assisted knee (ROSA) alternative surgical procedure work?
The pre-operative preparation is much like most complete knee-replacement procedures. Nonetheless, opposite to conventional knee-replacement methods, the ROSA Knee System utilises a sequence of X-rays to generate 3D pictures of a person’s distinctive knee anatomy. This 3D picture permits the surgeon to design a personalised plan based mostly on the specifics of a person’s knee anatomy previous to performing complete knee-replacement surgical procedure.
Robotic knee alternative doesn’t imply that an precise robotic performs the whole surgical procedure.
The surgical procedure is carried out solely by the surgeon. Throughout the surgical procedure, the ROSA Knee System features like a high-tech GPS system utilising optical trackers and a mini-camera connected to the affected person’s leg to find out the precise place of the knee.
The robotic arm adjusts even with the slightest motion of the leg, guaranteeing the surgical plan designed by the surgeon is carried out with none modifications and with precision.
The ROSA Knee System helps the surgeon to take away the arthritic portion within the knee and to exactly change it with a synthetic joint based on the orthopaedic plan. Lastly, to make sure the absolute best consequence, ROSA helps the surgeon to evaluate the knee with the implant in place.
Sufferers have discovered the brand new expertise reassuring, and have given constructive suggestions post-surgery. “I used to be excited when Dr Mostert stated the robotic arm assisted surgical procedure was an choice for me as a result of I consider that utilizing the newest expertise in healthcare might help surgeons to supply their sufferers a good higher consequence,” *Mr Xavier acknowledged.
“I dreaded moving into for the surgical procedure. I used to be in fixed ache, and it was stealing from my high quality of life. So many on a regular basis actions grew to become just about not possible for me,” recalled Mrs Van Vuuren, 80, the primary affected person to bear a process with the ROSA robotic arm assisted surgical procedure at Life Wilgeheuwel Hospital.
She stated her specialist, Dr Graham Davis actually helped put together her for the surgical procedure, taking his time to clarify the entire process intimately earlier than she went in for the process. “I knew precisely what to anticipate,” she stated.
“The restoration from the surgical procedure surpassed my wildest expectation. At my age, you need to have a constructive mindset when coping with challenges like this; if not you’ll be able to usually delay your restoration. Mentally, I used to be ready for the surgical procedure and able to embrace my restoration positively, so I used to be thrilled that solely six days after surgical procedure I used to be in a position to stroll with out crutches.”
Advantages of robotic-assisted knee surgical procedure
Robotic-assisted procedures permit for better precision and have been related to lowered ache, sooner restoration instances and higher outcomes. In additional advanced instances, a robotic-assisted knee alternative provides a greater steadiness within the tender tissues across the knee, and higher aligns the joint. Robotic surgical procedure has additionally been linked to shorter hospital stays, decrease charges of hospital readmission, and sufferers requiring much less bodily rehabilitation in comparison with sufferers who bear conventional knee-replacement surgical procedure.
”The longer term for affected person satisfaction of complete knee replacements seems like robotic-assisted surgical procedure,” concluded Adri.
For extra info on the orthopaedic surgeons who carry out robotic-assisted knee alternative surgical procedure at Life Wilgeheuwel Hospital contact +27 11 796 6500 or ship an e mail