Robotics at NAO
Did you know our Arthritis and Fracture Care Center offers Robotic Surgery? What IS Robotic Surgery?
Robotic Surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery used by Dr. Bourck Cashmore for knee replacement and partial knee replacement surgeries. “Minimally invasive” typically means surgeons use smaller surgical instruments, usually resulting in faster healing, easier recovery and less tissue damage than traditional surgery. A surgery is “Robotic” when there is state-of-the-art computerized technology being controlled by the surgeon. Often, there is enhanced viewing of the problem area and better placement, balance, fit and function of the replacement device.
Advanced computer and robotic technology help the surgeon create a 3-D map of the knee so that healthy bone and tissue are preserved, and the new knee implant is perfectly aligned and sized. This is all relayed through a robotics-assisted handpiece used during the joint replacement procedure.
Working through a small incision, the surgeon guides the handpiece to prepare the area, resurfacing the bone based off of the 3-D map. The robot then assists in the precise position of the implant so that it fits perfectly with the prepared bone. While this advanced technology is designed to ensure consistent and accurate results, the surgeon’s skilled hands are always in complete control of the procedure.
This type of robotics system is called the NAVIO Surgical system. Patients typically have a quicker recovery period. They are able to return to work and perform low-impact activities sooner than if they had a traditional knee replacement surgery.