Knee Replacement Surgery Performed With Robotic Assistance in Lafayette, LA
Peter D. Vizzi, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who offers the latest treatments for bone and joint conditions in Lafayette, Louisiana. For certain patients who elect a knee replacement to address chronic pain associated with end-stage osteoarthritis, Dr. Vizzi is pleased to offer the option of robotic-assisted total knee arthroplasty performed with the advanced ROSA® Knee System.
What Is the ROSA® Knee System?
A robotic surgical assistant developed by Zimmer Biomet—a world leader in the manufacture of orthopedic medical devices—and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the ROSA® Knee System incorporates several sophisticated technologies designed to assist a surgeon in planning and performing knee surgery. Utilizing ROSA’s specialized three-dimensional (3D) imaging software, the surgeon can create a customized surgical plan based on the patient’s unique anatomy, and also perform a virtual knee replacement prior to performing the actual procedure.
During the surgical session, the state-of-the-art ROSA® Knee System utilizes optical trackers secured to the patient’s leg to serve as a high-tech ”global positioning system (GPS)” for the surgeon. While making complex decisions throughout the procedure, the surgeon has ongoing access to highly detailed, real-time information, including 3D images of the patient’s knee anatomy. The computerized platform also provides instantaneous intraoperative data to help the surgeon assess the bones and soft tissues of the patient’s knee and—with robotic guidance—precisely position the knee implant, helping to ensure optimal performance, flexibility, and longevity.
A Complement to the Surgeon’s Expertise
It is important to understand that the ROSA® Knee System does not perform knee replacement surgery on its own. In fact, it does not move at all unless prompted by the surgeon. Instead, this state-of-the-art robotic system provides the surgeon with an additional layer of information and intelligence that can influence his or her evaluations and decisions while performing surgery. It fully adapts to the surgeon’s technique, allowing him or her to control the surgical instruments with refined precision to facilitate heightened surgical accuracy.
The ROSA® Knee System is a groundbreaking development that can potentially improve total knee replacement surgery. However, it is not a substitute for the abilities of an experienced surgeon. Rather, it is a tool that can be used to complement the clinical expertise and decision-making skills of a surgeon, allowing him or her to bring a new level of precision to knee replacement.
Is a ROSA® Robotic Total Knee Replacement Right for You?
You may be a candidate for robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery if you are experiencing chronic knee pain caused by osteoarthritis and your symptoms have not improved with conservative treatment. If you would like to talk with Dr. Vizzi about the option of robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery, contact his office in Lafayette, LA, to request a consultation. Dr. Vizzi can answer your questions and help you understand the ROSA® Knee System so that you can make the best possible decision for yourself.