Computer-Assisted Joint Replacement

As part of our dedication to offering the latest in evidence-based joint replacement procedures, we proudly provide a number of computer-assisted knee and hip replacement procedures using robotics, including partial knee, total knee, and total hip replacement, to help our patients get back to their active lifestyles.

What Is Robotic-Arm and Computer-Assisted Joint Replacement Surgery?

Using a robotic-arm assisted surgery joint replacement system, our specialty-trained surgeons are able to replace damaged joints or joint surfaces with artificial joints and components as accurately as possible with the latest computer technology in robot-assisted surgery.

Robotic joint replacement surgery uses robotic-arm assistance as well as surgeon-guided computer navigation to provide patients with a natural-feeling new joint. Our surgical system includes real-time operative guidance with a pre-plan that is customized according to a patient's unique anatomy using a CT (computerized tomography) scan. The personalized surgical plan uses a CT-derived, three-dimensional model of the patient’s hip or knee to assist the surgeon in performing minimally invasive joint replacement procedures.

Hip and knee replacement with robotic-arm assisted technology includes the use of implants designed for natural, normal movement. Because of the techniques and precision used, postoperative pain is minimal, and patients typically have a short hospital stay and a quick recovery. The system requires a personalized surgical plan based on your anatomy, which aids in implant placement and soft-tissue balancing, reducing the risk of complications.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Joint Replacement Surgery With Robotic Technology?

Candidates for joint replacement surgery include those diagnosed with a degenerative joint disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, and osteoarthritis, or those with a serious fracture of the femur or other bones that form a joint.

Joint replacement is performed to provide pain relief for individuals with joint disorders, and minimally invasive robotic procedures are available to patients meeting specific criteria. For instance, individuals with mid-stage knee osteoarthritis may be good candidates for a partial knee procedure. To determine your candidacy for one of these surgeries, you will need to meet with a highly experienced orthopaedic surgeon.

What to Expect Before Your Joint Replacement Surgery

Prior to surgery, you will undergo a diagnostic process to determine the source of your joint pain. In addition to an X-ray, your surgeon may need to schedule an MRI scan.

Before recommending partial knee or total knee or hip replacement, your surgeon may suggest other treatments, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, or bracing.

For a Mako procedure, you will have a CT scan, which will be used in creating your personalized surgical plan.

What to Expect During Your Surgery

Partial knee, total knee, and total hip replacement with a robotic system is similar to a traditional joint replacement surgery. After you are given general anesthesia, your surgeon will make a small incision and, with robotic assistance, will remove any damaged bone, cartilage, or other soft tissues to prepare the area for implant placement.

The surgeon-controlled robotic arm will use computer guidance to follow your patient-specific surgical plan. This plan can be modified by your surgeon during surgery as needed, and the robotic device will allow for the alignment and positioning of artificial joints and joint components to be placed and secured with the highest level of accuracy.

Recovering From Surgery and Living With Your New Joint

Recovery time after any joint replacement, including rehabilitation, varies depending on your unique situation. Most patients undergo rehabilitation involving physical therapy with a certified physical therapist to help you learn to move normally with your implant.

Be sure to attend all follow-up appointments. Joint replacement is a surgical procedure that is considered safe, though as with any surgery, there is a risk of infection, blood clots, and other possible complications.

Exceptional Care at University Orthopaedic Surgeons

Our years of experience and advanced training devoted to the care of orthopaedic issues, including those of the hip and knee, make us who we are. Our compassionate care for our patients is what makes us dedicated to you. Our robotic joint replacement specialists at University Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Brian Edkin, Dr. Michael McCollum, Dr. Philip McDowellDr. William Oros, and Dr. Brian Tonne, are unparalleled experts in robotic-arm and computer-assisted joint surgery. They work with a broad range of patients and have the knowledge and skill to help you determine the best course of treatment for you.

To consult with a University Orthopaedic Surgeons joint replacement surgeon, please request an appointment online. You can also contact us by calling (865) 546-2663 for our UT Research Park and Sevierville offices or (865) 218-9300 for our West Knoxville office.