Robotic Total Knee Replacement Surgery
The most common joint replacement procedure performed in the U.S. is total knee replacement surgery. The knees are under excessive stress throughout your lifetime as weight-bearing joints. They are also susceptible to injury, which increases risk of osteoarthritis and wear with age. At Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA, we have one of the top knee orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Farzin Kabaei. We offer advanced robotic total knee replacement surgery at our state-of-the-art facility in Beverly Hills.
The Modern Knee Replacement
The knee features multiple surfaces that rub on each other when we walk. These surfaces are made of cartilage, and throughout the years, this cartilage can get damaged or worn out. This is what we define as osteoarthritis. In severe cases, all the cartilage can be worn out, and this is called “bone-on-bone” arthritis. After all conservative, non-surgical measures have been exhausted, we are left with the final option, knee replacement.
Traditionally, this surgery should try to be avoided due to its risk factors for complications and the dreaded pain that is felt afterward. In addition, the implants were not as durable and long-lasting. However, today, that has all changed. By combining the latest technology in surgical approaches with the most updated, durable implant materials, Dr. Kabaei is able to replace the worn-out cartilage in the knee with artificial components that allow for a safer and much easier recovery. He is also able to tell his patients that “the new knee” will likely last them their lifetime.
Same Day, Advanced Knee Replacement
The knee replacement procedure is performed through a straight skin incision on the front of the knee and a deep incision into the joint. In order to place the new implants on the bone surfaces, the worn-out surfaces have to be cut and shaped to accept the implants properly. The proper sizing, position, rotation and alignment of the implants for each individual must be carefully performed to provide the optimal outcome, feel, pain relief, range of motion, alignment and longevity of the new knee replacement. This process can be performed with conventional cutting guides, tools and surgical saws. It can also be completed with highly advanced technology like the Mako™ Robotic Total Knee Installation System that Dr. Kabaei uses for his total knee replacement procedures.
The robotic arm allows us to make intra-operative adjustments to implant placement and balancing the ligaments. This allows for less surgical dissection and retraction, making it a much safer surgery. The recovery time will be shorter, and patients have a much more natural-feeling knee.
Same Day Total Knee Replacement Surgery
The surgery itself takes about one hour, and the entire process from entering into our advanced robotic surgery center to the time of discharge can be as short as half a day. The majority of healthy patients do go home the same day. In fact, immediately after surgery, a physical therapist will work with the patient to put full weight on the leg and start walking. Once the patient feels comfortable enough to walk, eat and use the restroom independently, they will be discharged home. Multiple studies have shown that when patients go home after surgery, they have a much better experience and earlier recovery with less need for narcotic pain medications.
According to Dr. Kabaei, knee replacements done properly and without complications can last several decades and provide significant pain relief and function, returning patients back to an active lifestyle.
If you are interested in learning more about robotic total knee replacement surgery, contact us at Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA in Los Angeles to book your appointment. We can schedule an appointment with Dr. Kabaei to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. We also offer partial knee placement surgery using the Mako robotic system.