Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement

At Henry Ford, our joint replacement team strives to provide the highest quality care for our patients. Through our drive to continually provide better patient outcomes we regularly conduct research on the latest technology available, like robotic-assisted full and partial knee replacement.

Why choose a robotic-assisted knee replacement

Your surgeon may choose to perform a robotic-assisted knee replacement for your surgery, as an alternative to the conventional knee replacement procedure. Think of it as a more sophisticated tool to perform a given procedure utilizing the same implants. In this procedure, your specially trained surgeon still performs the entire surgery from start to finish. The surgeon has more detailed knowledge of the anatomy of your knee and is able to customize the knee replacement to you.

How it works

Prior to a robotic-assisted knee replacement, your surgeon will obtain specialized X-Ray views or a CT scan to create a virtual 3D model of your knee. With that model as a guide, your surgeon will then use the robotic arm to customize the location of the components for your knee’s anatomy. With this 3D model, your surgeon is able to start planning your knee replacement before you enter the operating room so your knee is customized to your anatomy. Your surgeon will use the robotic arm to help guide removal of the damaged portions of the femur and tibia for optimal placement of the implants.

What are the advantages for you?

  • Additional level of precision with the additional data points and 3D model
  • Can be less invasive than traditional knee replacement surgery
  • Alleviate arthritic pain
  • Improved implant position compared to conventional instrumentation
  • Improve ligament balance compared to conventional instrumentation

After a robotic-assisted knee replacement, you will be walking within hours of surgery. Many patients feel comfortable going home the same day.

Robotic-assisted technology available at all six locations

At Henry Ford, we offer robotic-assisted knee replacement technology, through both the ROSA robot (available at all six joint replacement locations) and the MAKO robot (available at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital). Both robots provide patients with a knee replacement customized to their individual anatomy and allow you to be at the forefront of technological advancement. For more information please talk to your surgeon about the best procedure to meet your needs and outcome goals.

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