Why Orthopedic Surgeons Choose Computer-Assisted Technology
Computer-Assisted technology allows for better visualization of anatomy, which is particularly important when minimally-invasive techniques are used. This technology provides your surgeon with comprehensive data about your anatomy which may result in more exact placement of your joint replacement, allowing the surgeon to more accurately plan for your surgery with a partial 3-dimensional model of your knee.2 It also provides the surgeon with control, feedback and the ability to correct potential errors during the surgery.1
Potential Benefits of Computer-Assisted Surgery
There are several potential benefits for those that have computer-assisted surgery with their total joint replacement:
- Designed to help your surgeon place joint replacement implants with precision, which may increase the life of your replacement1
- Reduces the risk of dislocation and revision surgery1
- Results in greater stability and range of motion3,4
- Helps improve the overall function of your joint replacement4
Computer-assisted surgery may allow for less-invasive surgical techniques, which have several other potential advantages, including:
- Reduced blood loss during surgery, which lessens the need for a blood transfusion8
- Faster recovery7
- Reduced length of your hospital stay6
- Shorter post-operative physical rehabilitation7
- Less scarring5,7
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- Zanasi, Stefano. Minimally Invasive Computer-assisted Total Knee Arthroplasty through a Subvastus Approach, October 2006. Article from: Orthosupersite.com.
- Kalairajah, et al. Blood Loss after total knee replacement, JBJS, Vol. 87-B, No. 11, Nov. 2005.