If you’re struggling with an injury or degenerative knee condition and noninvasive treatments aren’t helping, robotic-assisted knee replacement could be the answer. Using robot technology is a new, innovative way of carrying out partial and total knee replacement, and Thomas Joseph Kovack, DO, in Columbus, Ohio, has extensive expertise in performing these state-of-the-art procedures. Dr. Kovack is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knee surgery, using highly specialized surgical techniques like robotic assistance that improve outcomes for patients. Call Dr. Kovack today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Robotic-assisted knee replacement is a highly advanced form of minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Kovack performs the operation, but uses robotics to give him greater dexterity when carrying out your procedure. The robot is there to assist, and every move it makes is under Dr. Kovack’s direct control. Using robotic assistance enables Dr. Kovack to make extraordinarily precise cuts that are unrivaled anywhere else in knee replacement surgery.
In complex joints and tight spaces like the knee, it’s difficult to carry out many of the surgical procedures you might require without making large incisions. Using the robot, Dr. Kovack has a much better view of the inside of your knee and can make precise adjustments without having to make any large incisions.
Dr. Kovack controls the robot using a computer that also shows him a 3D image of the inside of your knee. Robotic-assisted knee replacement procedures can replace the entire knee joint with far less tissue damage. Dr. Kovack also carries out robotic-assisted knee resurfacing and partial knee replacement surgery as alternatives for patients when joint damage doesn’t require complete replacement.
Robotic-assisted knee replacement is often the best option for patients who have arthritis. There are over 100 types of arthritis, some of which are rare, but they all affect the joints, causing pain and deterioration of the tissue and bone. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis develops most often in people over 50 as a result of the cartilage protecting the bones wearing away over time. When the cartilage starts to deteriorate, it exposes the ends of the bones, and they start rubbing together. This causes the pain, inflammation, and joint stiffness typical of arthritis.
When it comes to having knee replacement surgery, there are other well-established methods for replacing your knee. Dr. Kovack recommends robotic-assisted knee replacement to suitable patients as it offers several advantages over other methods like open surgery.
Surgery inevitably causes pain, but using minimally invasive robotic-assisted techniques causes minimal tissue damage, and therefore, considerably less pain. If you’re in less pain, you won’t need to take so much painkilling medication, and you can get back to normal far more quickly.
Using smaller incisions reduces the risk of infection, and you end up with minimal scarring. You also don’t have to spend so long in the hospital, and there’s less of an impact on your work and home life. There’s less chance of developing postsurgical complications, and your recovery takes far less time.
Dr Kovack is a leading specialist in partial and total knee replacement using robotic-assisted technology. His services are in great demand due to his superior skills and the outstanding outcomes he achieves for his patients.
Find out more about robotic-assisted knee replacement by calling Thomas Joseph Kovack, DO, today, or use the online tool to book an appointment.