Are you living with knee pain as a result of osteoarthritis? Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen now has advanced robotic technology to facilitate partial knee replacement surgery.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of knee arthritis. It is usually a slow, progressive, degenerative disease in which the knee joint gradually wears away. It most often affects middle-aged and older people.

Texas Health Allen's advanced surgical robotic system allows orthopedic surgeons on the medical staff to perform partial knee replacements, an innovative option for people with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. Surgeons use the robotic system to remove the diseased portion and resurface the knee joint, sparing the patient's healthy bone and surrounding tissue.

For patients, this means less likelihood of infection, less pain after surgery, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recovery.

The new robotic technology has a system that enables the orthopedic surgeon to pre-plan procedures and map them in three dimensions, based on the patient's individual anatomy. Using small incisions in the skin, a robotic arm guides the orthopedic surgeon during the procedure so that only the diseased portion of the knee is removed, sparing healthy bone and tissue. Procedures utilizing the robot are minimally invasive.

The robotic surgical system can:

  • Enable surgeons to precisely resurface the arthritic portion of the knee and preserve healthy tissue and bone
  • Facilitate optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural-feeling knee following surgery
  • Result in a more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay when compared to traditional knee replacement surgery
  • Be performed on an outpatient basis in some cases
  • Promote rapid relief from pain and ease the return to daily activities

Although the best treatment for each patient must be determined individually after an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon, ideal candidates share the following characteristics:
  • Knee pain with activity, usually in the inner knee, under the kneecap, or less commonly, on the outer knee
  • Start-up knee pain or stiffness when initiating activities from a sitting position
  • Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication

For more information about robotic surgery at Texas Health Allen, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

Doctors on the medical staff at Texas Health Allen practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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