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The first ever robotic assisted knee replacement surgery performed in Pune

Robotic assisted surgery offers the patient the advantage of fastened recovery, early discharge and minimal pain and blood loss.

pune Updated: Jul 03, 2017 23:54 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
The doctors stated that patients treated with this technology can get better movement, including sitting cross legged and squatting and have a very natural feel of the knee joint as all the ligaments are preserved.
The doctors stated that patients treated with this technology can get better movement, including sitting cross legged and squatting and have a very natural feel of the knee joint as all the ligaments are preserved.(HT REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

Robotic assisted knee replacement surgery which enables surgeons to replace knee joint with preserving the natural knee structure was successfully performed in Pune on Monday. Dr. Narendra Vaidya, Managing Director at Lokmanya Group of Hospitals, Pune who performed the surgery claimed that this was the first ever robotic assisted total knee replacement surgery performed in India.

The surgery was performed in the presence of Dr Vivek Neginhal from Scott Orthopedic Center, USA.Speaking about the surgery, Vaidya said, “The person was 67 years old and had a severely deformed right knee which was operated on Monday. He was bedridden for almost six months but he will now be able to walk within two days.”

He further stated that beyond a certain stage, medicines, physiotherapy and other arthroscopic interventions are not useful in the treatment of arthritis and such patients require total knee replacement as a definitive treatment. Total knee replacement is a time tested and proven method to treat terminal arthritis but involves prolonged hospitalization and physiotherapy, he added.

Vaidya emphasized that robotic assisted surgery offers the patient the advantage of fastened recovery, early discharge and minimal pain and blood loss.“This surgery merely takes 30 minutes to 35 minutes and the patient can start walking the same day. Also there is no age bar for getting the surgery done,” said officials from Lokmanya Hospital.

Dr Vivek Neginhal said that even as the problem of knee osteoarthritis is common among senior citizens it can also affect younger patients. This hampers the productive years of the life of the patients.“Robotic arm assisted knee surgery brings in almost 100 percent precision in prosthesis placement which is of paramount importance in longevity of the prosthesis,” he added. The doctors stated that patients treated with this technology can get better movement, including sitting cross legged and squatting and have a very natural feel of the knee joint as all the ligaments are preserved.

The new technique of robotic total knee replacement has given the surgeon tool to:

* Map the diseased cartilage

* Prepare a 3 dimentional virtual replica of the knee joint on the computer screen on which the prosthesis is virtually placed and aligned.

* It ensures precision and rapid recovery