New Robot-Assisted Knee Surgery at Baptist Offers Minimally Invasive Alternatives to Total Knee Replacement
March 14, 2012 | Jacksonville, FL
Orthopaedic surgeons at Baptist Health and Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute are now offering a new minimally invasive, robot-assisted procedure to address damage in patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee, a painful degenerative joint condition that affects some 15 million adults in the United States.
Robot-Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing, called MAKOplasty is a minimally invasive surgery that provides a better alternative to total knee replacement for appropriate patients with the benefits of a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery time and more natural knee function. The procedure is ideally suited to patients who have limited osteoarthritis in just one or two compartments of the knee, including younger patients who were previously not considered good candidates for total replacement. For patients with advanced osteoarthritis in all three compartments, total knee replacement continues to be the gold standard.
Steven Crenshaw, MD of Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute was the first orthopaedic surgeon trained and certified in the procedure at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville in January. "Robot-Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing can significantly improve the quality of life for patients whose osteoarthritis is not advanced enough for a total knee replacement but whose pain can no longer be controlled by medication and other non-surgical options," Dr. Crenshaw explains, "And because it is a minimally invasive surgery, recovery times are quicker allowing patients to return to a normal lifestyle often within a matter of weeks."
The procedure is also performed at Baptist Jacksonville by Stephen Lucie, MD, and Carlos Tandron, MD, also of Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute.
The robot-assisted surgery system features 3-D pre-surgical imaging that is used by the orthopaedic surgeon to precisely size and place the implant, customizing it to the individual's knee and providing for a more natural feel.
During the procedure, a four- to six-inch incision is made over the knee and small incisions are made in the thighbone (femur) and shin (tibia). The surgeon then uses a highly advanced robotic arm to precisely replace only the diseased part of the knee with a small implant, leaving the healthy bone, tissue and cartilage intact. General or spinal anesthesia is used.
The surgery may require hospitalization for a short period of time (one to two nights). Patients begin walking soon after the surgery and typically receive outpatient physical therapy for a few weeks. Patients who have partial knee resurfacing may still be candidates for total knee replacement surgery later on in life.
For more information about Robot-Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing at Baptist Health, call 904.202.KNEE (5633) for an appointment or visit the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute to learn more.