Medically reviewed by board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Nic Gay, MD and Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds, MD
Robotic-Assisted Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip pain is a common complaint for many people, especially as we grow older. Various treatments and therapies exist for treating chronic hip pain, including several minimally invasive arthroscopic hip surgeries. However, when more conservative treatments do not gain the desired results, hip replacement surgery may be warranted. Silicon Valley Orthopaedics offers robotic-assisted hip replacement surgery at our California offices.
Hip replacement is a procedure that removes diseased or deteriorated parts of the hip joint and replaces them with new, artificial parts. Traditionally, this has been performed as an open surgery that required a long, painful and cumbersome recovery. Robotic-assisted hip joint replacement is a less invasive option that offers better results for our patients.
What Is Involved in a Robotic-Assisted Hip Joint Replacement?
Our talented orthopaedic surgeons use CT technology to build a 3D digital model of your hip and the surgical space. During your hip replacement surgery, the surgical robot uses the CT scan model to guide your surgeon as he prepares the joint area and positions the actual implant components. Robotic assistance greatly increases the accuracy and precision of these operations, providing a stable surgical environment and enabling intricate movements for precise placement.
The surgical robot assists your surgeon by making it possible to use the smallest movements, enabling micron-level alignment and positioning. The robot software that follows your hip’s 3D surgical map restricts movements to within this small envelope, minimizing damage to surrounding tissues. The result is the most optimal position for your implant that makes for a more comfortable, functional and longer-lasting replacement.
What Are the Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Hip Replacement?
Robotic assistance throughout your hip replacement surgery, and the accompanying 3D technology, offer several benefits over traditional open surgery for hip replacements. These include:
- A detailed digital surgical map to assist in placing the implant
- More precise implant positioning, resulting in a more natural-feeling result
- Smaller incisions that promote faster healing and recovery
- Reduced risk of injury to nearby tissues due to the digitally defined surgical “envelope”
- Precise positioning also contributes to a better rehabilitation process, often much shorter
- Better implant placement often results in a longer-lasting implant result
Silicon Valley Orthopaedics offers robotic-assisted hip replacement surgery in many cases where replacement is the most viable option for long-term health. Our orthopaedic specialists determine candidates for this procedure individually after exhausting other less invasive treatment options to relieve pain and increase mobility.
Am I A Good Candidate for a Robotic-Assisted Hip Replacement?
Patients who have exhausted other treatment options for hip pain and deteriorating mobility can ask about this option’s viability at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics. Our specialists will evaluate each case individually and inform you if you are a good candidate for this surgical procedure. Some patients will require a more traditional surgical approach in certain cases.
Ideal candidates are in basic good health but experience chronic hip pain and restricted mobility that does not respond to other less invasive treatment methods, such as medication and physical therapy. If your doctor recommends a partial or total hip replacement, robotic-assisted hip joint replacement could be an option. This procedure is possible for patients suffering from hip injuries or degenerative diseases that cause dysfunction.
If you think you might be a good candidate for a robotic-assisted hip replacement, you should seek a consultation with one of our orthopaedic surgeons. Robotic-assisted hip replacement surgery can help restore your hip function, prevent future hip problems and restore an active and pain-free lifestyle. Call or message our Fremont or Foster City office to inquire about a robotic-assisted hip replacement consultation today. You can also request a telehealth visit to discuss this surgical option.