Computer-assisted surgery is surgery that is performed with the aid of computer technology.
Computers can take the “guess work” out of surgery. It allows the surgery to be done with greater precision and accuracy.
Why is it important in knee replacement?
Many studies have shown that knee replacements that are performed well (for example, well-aligned and balanced) are like to last longer and feel better. In addition, it can shorten the hospital stay and decrease recovery time. Computer-assisted surgery can help the surgeon align the patient’s bone and implants with a degree of accuracy not possible with the naked eye. It can also help in ligament balancing that can ensure better range of motion and a more natural functioning knee replacement.
What are other benefits of computer-assisted surgery?
In addition to increase precision and accuracy, the computer gives that surgeon real-time feedback during the surgery. It decreases errors by alerting the surgeon to potential pitfalls before they are performed. It gives the surgeon the confidence to perform the surgery with precision and control.
Computer-assisted total knee replacement is very safe. Because surgeons who use computer-assisted surgery utilize instruments that do not disturb the marrow, it is believed that it is safer than traditional surgery. Moreover, it leads to less blood loss and may lead to the decrease in blood transfusion requirement after the surgery.
Meniscal Tear Surgeries
There is no known medicine or therapy that will heal or fix a torn meniscus. It is a mechanical problem that often requires a mechanical solution. This usually means either partial excision (removal) or repair of the tear. Excision versus repair is often decided at the time of arthroscopic surgery and will depend upon several factors. The patient’s age, the age of the tear, the size and location, as well as the patient’s activity level all play a role in deciding whether a tear can be repaired or must be excised. In general, due to the essential role of the meniscus in protecting the knee from early arthritis, repair is always preferable to removal.
Detached Cartilage of Bone in the Knee Joint
If the injury is fairly recent, it is possible to put the piece back in place. More commonly, the loose body may be removed by arthroscopy.