With the goal of enhancing the benefits of partial knee replacement for knee arthritis pain, Penn now offers robot-assisted partial knee replacement.
Below are some benefits of robot-assisted partial knee replacement.
Enhanced Precision for Enhanced Results
With the help of the advanced imaging and guidance of robot-assisted surgery, Penn surgeons now perform partial knee replacements with even greater accuracy and precision. This enhanced precision can help to improve the function and potential longevity of the partial knee implant.
Less Pain, Smaller Incisions, Quicker Rehab
For some patients with severe arthritis knee pain, partial knee replacement is an alternative to the more common total knee replacement. That’s different than total knee replacement where the whole joint is replaced with a prosthetic. Partial knee replacement involves only replacing the damaged portion of the knee – resulting in less pain, smaller incisions, and quicker rehab.
These benefits are primarily due to the preservation of healthy tissue and bone in the knee and the minimal invasiveness of the procedure.
Surgery Tailored to Your Specific Knee
Robot-assisted surgery at Penn begins with advanced mapping of the damaged joint using advanced planning software which allows the surgeon to prepare and tailor the procedure to each patient. The software creates this joint map and relays precise information about your knee to the robotics-assisted surgical tool used by the surgeon during the procedure.
By collecting patient-specific information, boundaries are established for the robotics-assisted tool so the surgeon can remove the only the damaged surfaces of your knee, balance your joint, and position the implant with optimal precision.
Is robot-assisted partial knee replacement right for your arthritis pain?
Arthritis, the breakdown of the cartilage between joints, is one of the most common reasons for chronic knee pain. As this cartilage cushion between the bones of the joint wears down, the bones rub against each other causing pain.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis, but there are many different treatment options to address the pain. Over time as arthritis progresses and the pain becomes more severe, replacement surgery may be the best option for relief.
For eligibility for partial knee replacement, patients should have early to mid-stage arthritis, damage to only one part of the joint, good range of motion and stability, and no significant joint deformity.