Knee Replacement Surgery: What are your options?

September 1, 2017

Knee Replacement Surgery: What are your options?

Knee pain affects thousands and thousands of people in the US, and surgery may be the answer. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over 650,000 people will have knee replacement surgery this year, and the surgery options available to you have increased substantially since the early days of knee replacement.

Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery

When you’re considering knee replacement surgery, you’ll hear words like “minimally invasive” and “less invasive”. Minimally invasive surgery implies a smaller incision that leads to faster healing. Modern surgical techniques for knee replacement are all minimally invasive focused; the doctor makes as small an incision as possible. The incision size is usually determined by the doctor’s skill, implants used, and – most important – technology available.

Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery

The robotic knee replacement system utilizes three-dimensional pre-operative planning in order to optimize knee implant component positioning and alignment. This is a critical factor in knee replacement. Your knee bones and ligaments have a natural alignment to work together. Osteoarthritis wears away cartilage and causes bone growth that disrupts this alignment and causes pain. Knee replacement surgery replaces your knee bone ends and cartilage with metal and plastic components to replicate your natural knee joint. Alignment and positioning is essential to having a more natural feel to your knee.

Dr. Lucas Richie of Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics is one of the first surgeons in Lebanon to have access to cutting-edge robotic assistance: “We are the first surgeons in middle Tennessee, maybe all of Tennessee, to get first line roll-out of this new hardware and software. We have earned this right by having performed several hundred knee replacements over the last 5 years. This technology will help us take a leap into the future of knee replacement with an improved alignment that will improve outcomes with lower revision rates.”

While the benefits of robotic assistance are easy to see, the surgeon is still the driving force behind the success of your knee surgery: “The robot helps with placement of implants and safe/accurate/precise cuts. The instrumentation is within the surgeon’s hands the entire time but will not allow any cuts to be made outside of the preplanned field.”

To learn more about minimally invasive and robotics-assisted surgery, please contact the surgeons at Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics.