Great news for those who have osteoarthritis!
Who is experiencing pain on your knee, pelvis, or spine? Making Google won’t be enough because your pain may be a sign of osteoarthritis, so check with a professional and get it treated soon!
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is also known as “wear and tear” of the surface of the joint which cause the bones to rub against each other during movement. Osteoarthritis is a long-term condition with no cure at the moment but early diagnosis and treatment can relieve pain and maintain your joint mobility.
If you have osteoarthritis, it’s best to consult a trained orthopaedic surgeon with adequate experience so that you can decide what action to take. Two options are offered: surgical and non surgical. The decision should be made based on your health status.
Last Resort: Joint Replacement Surgery
If no treatment, injection and physiotherapy works, this is your most likely last option. This operation depends on factors such as age, activity, and your joint condition.
In joint replacement surgery, the damaged joint is being replaced with an artificial/prosthetic joint. The artificial joint is made of special materials such as specialised metal alloys and ultra high molecular weight polyethylene. Unfortunately, joint replacements usually cannot last that long and thus patients will need revision surgery.
Newest Option: Robot-assisted Joint Replacement Surgery
The importance of proper implant positioning for implant survivorship and functional outcome has given rise to new technology in orthopaedic surgery – robot-assisted knee and hip replacement.
No need to worry because this does not mean that a robot will be doing your surgery without the help of humans. It simply means that the orthopaedic surgeon operates a robotic arm within a “safety-zone”. This zone is determined by the orthopaedic surgeon during the planning before surgery. If the surgeon goes beyond the intended cutting zone, the robotic arm will automatically stop the surgical instrument. Isn’t that cool?
In addition to the improved accuracy in implant positioning and sizing, robot-assisted joint replacement surgery allows the use of less aggressive surgical instruments, such as a burr instead of a bone saw. This may reduce the damage to healthy tissue and may subsequently speed up recovery and may translate into shorter hospital stay.
In short, this procedure minimises human error and makes sure that the operation plan is carried out safely and accurately.
While long-term data on functional outcome and implant survivorship are not available yet, studies show promising short- and mid-term results for robotic-assisted surgery. In the context of the hip joint, robotic assisted surgery offers the potential of more accurate implant positioning. The main point is that Robot-assisted joint replacement has the potential to transform the future of orthopaedics.
This article is a partnership with CFO Singapore. CFO is an acronym of Centre of Orthopaedics, locate in Singapore. One of the best employee of CFO is Dr Jeffrey Chew Tec Hock, who is a specialist of joint replacement and pelvis. He is one of the people that uses a robot the most in MAKOplasty in ASEAN. Dr. Chew also treats athletic injury on the pelvis and legs area.
For Appointment and Contact CFO:
Address: Suite #16-10, 3 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228510
Phone: +65 67382628
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