ROSA Knee Replacement
Living with knee pain often inhibits the ability to enjoy life to its fullest.
If you’ve tried non-invasive treatments and still find yourself
sitting on the sidelines instead of participating in your favorite recreational
activities, such as golfing, gardening, or running, or unable to perform
simple daily tasks without suffering from knee pain, you may want to consider
a knee replacement. The decision to have surgery can be difficult, but
our joint replacement specialists in St. Marys are here to help guide
you through the process and determine if a knee replacement with ROSA
Knee Robotic Technology is best for you.
Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons to discuss
your options and if a knee replacement with ROSA Knee Robotic Technology
is right for you. Call 912-576-6355.
What is ROSA Knee Robotic Technology?
You’re a unique person, and so is your individual anatomy. ROSA,
which stands for RObotic Surgical Assistant, is an innovative knee replacement
technology that our orthopedic surgeons in St. Marys use to tailor the
placement of your knee implant—just for you. Getting a precise knee
implant fit is essential to your comfort and overall experience following
knee replacement surgery. ROSA Knee collects data before and during the
procedure to inform your surgeon of the many details related to your unique
anatomy. By using this data to make more informed decisions, your surgeon
can plan for and carry out a personalized surgery based upon your individual needs.
What are the benefits of ROSA Knee compared to other total knee replacement
techniques and technologies?
A knee replacement using ROSA Knee is similar to a traditional total knee
replacement, but this state-of-the-art technique uses a robotic assistant.
Your surgeon will use this technology to personalize the surgical approach
for your unique anatomy. During your procedure, ROSA Knee utilizes a camera
and optical trackers attached to your leg to know exactly where your knee
is in space. Think of it like a very detailed global positioning system
(GPS) that you might use in your car. If your leg moves even a fraction
of an inch, the robot can tell and adjusts accordingly. This information,
combined with your surgeon’s skill, helps them know how to position
your implant based on your unique anatomy.
Who are the best candidates for a ROSA Knee Replacement?
People who suffer from osteoarthritis are often candidate for ROSA Knee
Replacement. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a wear-and-tear
condition that destroys joint cartilage and bone. It typically develops
after years of constant motion and pressure on the joints. As the cartilage
continues to wear away, the joint becomes increasingly painful and difficult
to move. If conservative treatment options fail to provide relief, talk
to your orthopedic surgeon about having a ROSA Knee Replacement.
What to expect from a ROSA Knee Replacement?
Unlike traditional knee replacement methods, a series of x-rays may be
used to create a three-dimensional (3D) model of your knee anatomy. This
3D model will enable our surgeons to plan the specifics of your knee replacement
prior to your surgery.
Following surgery, you will be hospitalized based upon the recovery plan
outlined by your surgeon and begin rehabilitation. Recovery time varies,
but most people take their first steps the same day as their surgery.
You should be able to drive after two weeks, garden after three to four
weeks and golf after six to eight weeks. Your surgeon will tell you when
and what activities you can return to, and what activities to avoid.
Although implant surgery is extremely successful in most cases, some patients
still experience stiffness and pain. No implant will last forever, and
factors such as your post-surgery activities and weight can affect longevity.
Be sure to discuss these and other risk factors with your surgeon.
Learn more about ROSA Knee Replacement
Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons in St. Marys
to discuss if a knee replacement with ROSA Knee Robotic Technology is
right for you!
Healthy Partners Articles
A New Lease on Life
Healthy Partners, Winter 2021
Persistent knee pain can limit your ability to enjoy recreational and everyday
activities, like golfing or gardening. As a result, you may also lose
the ability to enjoy life to its fullest. If you’re considering
joint replacement surgery, here’s some good news: Robotic knee surgery
is now available at the Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus.