Robotic technology is a game changer in orthopedic surgery, particularly for knee and hip replacement. Robotic procedures use smaller incisions than those in traditional surgeries. Because there is less damage to the tissue, patients who undergo these procedures may expect less pain, shorter hospital stays and a more rapid recovery.
All minimally invasive joint surgeries performed at UofL Health are centered on a technique known as muscle-sparing. No muscles are cut during muscle-sparing, they are merely separated or avoided. Because the incision is smaller and no muscle needs to be repaired, recovery is faster and less painful with these cutting-edge techniques.
UofL Health – Orthopedics offers a variety of robotic surgical technology at our hospital facilities:
MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology
UofL Health – Jewish Hospital offers state of the art MAKO robotic-arm assisted surgeries for knee and hip replacement. The Jewish Hospital Total Joint Replacement Program has performed more than 3,000 Mako robotic-assisted joint replacement procedures.
The MAKO system accurately determines the implant size and provides exact placement based on the individual patient’s bone anatomy. The use of intraoperative computer technology and robotic-assisted surgery for total joint replacement minimizes the risk of human error in implant size, placement and inadvertent soft tissue damage. This type of smart intraoperative technology also provides the surgeon with the ability to make any necessary adjustments during the procedure in real-time to achieve the target surgical goal. Jewish Hospital is the only facility in the region to perform these innovative procedures.
ROSA Robotic Knee Replacement
UofL Health – Medical Center East offers robotics-assisted knee and hip replacement using the ROSA Robotic Systems. The ROSA system allows surgeons to examine a 3D model of the knee through X-rays to plan out the surgery in advance.
UofL Health – UofL Hospital offers the Globus ExcelsiusGPS system, a minimally invasive robotic-arm assisted technology. This revolutionary technology combines navigation and robotics, uses its robotic arm to carefully place tools and implants along a pathway to help guide surgeons. The instruments and implants will be available for the surgeon to view on a screen at any time throughout the surgery for the benefit of real time feedback.