Computer-assisted total knee replacement, also referred to as computer-assisted surgery (CAS) or computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery (CAOS), is an advanced technique that combines the use of computer navigation and robotic assistance to enhance the accuracy and precision of the surgical procedure.
In computer-assisted total knee replacement, special tracking devices and sensors are attached to the patient's leg and knee joint. These devices provide real-time information and feedback to a computer system, allowing the surgeon to create a digital map of the patient's knee anatomy and plan the surgery more precisely.
During the surgery, the surgeon uses the computer system to guide the surgical instruments and the placement of the artificial joint. The computer provides visual and auditory feedback, assisting the surgeon in achieving optimal alignment, balance, and implant positioning. This technology aims to improve the accuracy and alignment of the prosthesis, leading to potentially better outcomes, reduced complications, and faster recovery for the patient.
Computer-assisted total knee replacement is considered a valuable tool for surgeons, particularly in complex cases where there may be deformities or anatomical variations. However, it is important to note that not all knee replacement surgeries require computer assistance, and traditional techniques without computer navigation can also yield successful results.
If you are considering total knee replacement or computer-assisted knee replacement, it is crucial for you to talk to Dr Rajesh Malhotra, an experienced orthopaedic surgeon. He will evaluate your specific condition, discuss the benefits and risks of different approaches, and determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you.