Robotics in knee replacement has quickly gained popularity among patients and surgeons in the last three years due to the significant benefits that it provides over traditional knee replacement.
It is estimated that over 2,000 patients have experienced the benefits in the last one year across India, while this technology has existed in the US for nearly five years with close to 10,000 patients undergoing treatment through robotics every year.
AJRI (Asian Joint Reconstruction Institute) at SIMS, Chennai has four dedicated arthroplasty surgeons. They recently launched the 4th generation of robotic knee replacement technology, which is said to further improve this technology and the benefits that it provides to the patients. This is expected to improve the surgeon’s efficiency in the operation room, ensuring patients spend less time on the operating table.
Dr P Suryanarayan is an early adopter of robotics in India and the Asia Pacific region. He says, “Over the last three years there has been a consistent improvement in robotics. This latest generation of robotics improves efficiency in the operating room and reduces the time it takes to perform knee replacement surgery.”
Dr Vijay C Bose uses the NAVIO Robotics Surgical System from Smith & Nephew. This system is believed to help create a precise image of the knee that relays patient-specific information to an advanced computer program. The process creates a 3-D model of the joint, eliminating the need for a CT scan or MRI prior to the operation and making it a customised surgery for each patient.