The first ever Robotic assisted unicondylar knee replacement surgery in India was successfully performed at Lokmanya Hospitals, Pune, using Blue Belt Technologies’ Navio Robotic System, a proven technology with more than 65 installations in the US.
“This is a state of art technology which enables the surgeon to replace only the damaged part of the knee to absolute perfection, saving all the other normal structures of the joint, thus preventing the need of total joint replacement” said Dr Narendra Vaidya, Managing Director and Chief Joint Replacement Surgeon, Lokmanya Group of Hospitals, Pune
Osteoarthritic degeneration and subsequent knee pain in elderly is becoming a huge burden in the society. Knee pain is the commonest cause for visit of the patient to a clinic. Knee osteoarthritis not only causes pain and disability, but also takes a huge toll on the entire family and the society at large.
People in India are hugely tolerant to pain. They approach the doctor only in later stages when their mobility and independent life gets compromised due to severe pain and deformity. In contrast to this, people in Western Nations are hugely concerned with their quality of life and opt for such technology-driven less invasive and early recovery procedures to maintain their high-end and active lifestyle.
Beyond certain stage (stage II), 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. However, Robotic assisted surgery offers the patient a huge advantage of immediate recovery, same or next day discharge and minimal blood loss. It is extremely satisfying for the patients since it preserves all the natural structures of the joint. Almost 30% – 35% patients who have been advised Total Knee Replacement can be treated with this modality successfully.
This technology is suitable for relatively younger patients with an active way of life pursuing sports and lifestyle activities like golfing, tennis, trekking, cycling, swimming, dynamic work-life etc. Elderly patients who have higher risk of a very major procedure also can be benefitted with this minimal access robotic technology.
Robotic Arm assisted knee surgery brings in almost 100% precision in prosthesis placement, which is of paramount importance in longevity (life) of the prosthesis. Also patients treated with this technology can get full movement, including sitting cross legged and squatting and have a very natural feel of the knee joint, as all the ligaments are preserved.
Lokmanya, the largest Orthopedic focused chain of hospitals in Western India, being one of the leader in Joint Replacement Surgery, has launched this technology for the first time in India for the benefit of thousands of arthritic patients.
Salient Features of Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement
Dr. Narendra Vaidya, Managing Director & Chief Joint Replacement Surgeon, Lokmanya Hospitals, said “It is a proud moment for us to launch robotic assisted knee replacement at Lokmanya hospitals since we have always been concerned for patient’s mobility and their quality of Life”
He further added, “The treatment process with Robotics is simplified and at the end cost effective to the patient. It will set a new benchmark in near future, and we are proud of being the initiators for this technology in India. Stress free and patient oriented medical practice has been our preface for launching robotics in India”
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