The two most exciting innovations in joint replacement surgery today are the advent of the ability to provide this surgery in an outpatient setting as well as the tools now utilize to assist us in creating a more precise joint replacement surgery. One of the tools we utilize is robotic technology, particularly with the knee replacements. In robotic surgery, pins are placed inside the bone on both the femur and the Tibia, allowing for the robot to identify where the knee is in space. The joint itself is then mapped out and the three dimensional model is created onto the computer surface. One of the robots requires a CT scan prior to surgery to assist in mapping out the knee prior to the performance of the knee replacement surgery itself. The robotic technology allows a surgeon to create precise cuts within one millimeter, allowing for very precise component placement during the joint replacement surgery.
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