Computer-assisted surgery is a specialized procedure that is both cutting-edge and complex. Computer-assisted surgery gives the surgeon more control and accuracy during the procedure, allowing the surgeon to prepare more precisely beforehand and do the procedure better. Dr. Vigdorchik is uniquely certified to perform computer-assisted surgery and all types of hip surgery. For patients who are in need of a hip or knee repair or replacement, it can be difficult to know what to do. Dr. Vigdorchik is available to determine what kind of procedure would be best.
What is Computer-Assisted Surgery?
During computer-assisted surgery, the surgeon uses pre-operative planning and surgical navigation. There are different computer-assisted surgical systems, each with its own training course. Surgeons use these systems for pre-operative planning, surgical navigation, and performing the procedure.
Computer-assisted surgery is completely different from open surgery and arthroscopic procedures. Instead, the surgeon will use the information provided by the surgical computer program. Then, they can operate the robotic arm to perform the operation.
With computer-assistance, surgeons can provide a superior level of accuracy and control. Dr. Vigdorchik uses the computer to plan and mark anatomical landmarks before the surgery. Then, the robotic component of the surgery gives him superior accuracy and control, which has been proven to be more friendly to the soft-tissues and make recovery quicker!
Types of Computer-Assisted Surgery
Computer-assisted surgery is FDA approved for use in many hip and knee procedures. Computer-assisted surgery is commonly used for joint replacements. Surgeons also use computer-assistance to correct fractures, operate on tumors, and resurface joints.
Who is Qualified for Computer-Assisted Surgery?
Computer-assisted surgery has been in use for over 20 years. Despite this, many surgeons are not certified to perform assisted surgery. To become certified, surgeons must attend a specialized course and training. FDA regulations require that the surgeon must first earn a certification. Each company that provides computer-assistance technology has its own training and certification.
Dr. Vigdorchik hosts visiting surgeons from around the world to learn his techniques. Dr. Vigdorchik was the co-director of the robotics department at NYU Langone Orthopedics. Dr. Vigdorchik is deeply involved in surgeon education. As a result, he’s often the first choice for patients when they need to undergo hip or knee surgery.
“Does the computer do all the work?”
Many people think that computer-assistance means that the computer is doing the work. This is untrue! Dr. Vigdorchik likens computer-assisted surgery to driving a car with GPS. The driver may know how to get to their destination. However, using a GPS helps them avoid traffic and get to the destination safely and more efficiently.
Benefits of Computer-Assisted Surgery
Computer-assisted surgery gives the surgeon a superior level of control during the procedure. Pre-operative planning is key. Through the computer system, Dr. Vigdorchik can create landmarks within the surgical area. He will also assess potential difficulties and optimize his surgical approach.
There are several other benefits to computer-assisted surgery, including:
- Greater level of accuracy
- Extended implant lifespan
- Reduced chances of infection
- Lower failure rates
- Reduced joint wear
- Reduced blood loss
- Less scarring
- Faster recovery times
- More natural movement of the joint
Dr. Vigdorchik is one of the top NYC hip and knee surgeons. He is experienced in performing computer-assisted surgery. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Vigdorchik to get the highest quality care. Contact us now.