Combine the precision of robotic image-guided surgery with the success of knee resurfacing surgery for the past 40 years and you have the latest in joint-preserving pain-relieving knee treatment.

Robotic SurgeryResurfacing of joints, especially hips and knees, has become commonplace in society today throughout the world. Success rates approach 90-95% with good to excellent results. Improvements for this life-improving procedure, however are still possible.

We are now using computer-guided machining tools to prepare the joint for the new implant. Key decisions regarding where and how much to trim away can now be done prior to the surgery with software on a computer screen. This allows us to try out different options on the screen and figure out the best way to reproduce your normal knee motion and function.

Robot MachineOnce these decisions are made, this data is brought into the operating room and fed into a computer. Intra-operative markers and careful mapping of the patient’s joint are then utilized to confirm the images represent reality. Once completed, a computer-guided tool, similar to a CNC machine tool used world-wide, is then directed to trim away bone in preparation for the new joint surface. Trial parts are then assembled and tested, with the computer watching every move providing key measurements to the surgeon to confirm success or suggest small changes.

Once done, the final parts are glued into place. While time will show if there is long term differences in success, short term data shows less pain and improved function.

This tool can be used in both knee and hip replacement surgery.

Orthopedic surgery is a structure-altering surgery and a perfect application of image-guided robotics. This may be an option you or a family member or friend should consider.

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I am well versed in robotic image-guided surgery in San Diego. You can contact me to find out if this may be something you should consider.

Dr. Scott Hacker is a Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon in San Diego, CA, Team Surgeon to the US Olympic Team. He specializes in sports medicine and sports injuries, knee and shoulder surgery.

If you have questions about robotic surgery, or have a knee problem which might require joint replacement or resurfacing, please feel free to contact me at Ask Dr. Hacker or through my office.

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