Robot-assisted surgery is a cutting-edge and complex surgical technique that offers a superior level of accuracy. Robot-assisted procedures come with many benefits, including faster recovery times. Dr. Vigdorchik is uniquely certified to perform all types of hip surgery and robot-assisted surgery. As a result, he has a higher rate of successful procedures. When performing a robot-assisted surgery, Dr. Vigdorchik can be more precise when placing new joints or repairing the structures of the hip and knee.
What is robot-assisted surgery?
During robot-assisted surgery, the surgeon utilizes a special robotic tool to help him during the operation. Don’t worry, Dr. Vigdorchik is still performing the entire operation himself, but the robot is just helping ensure complete accuracy!
Robotic surgical systems have been in use for over 20 years. Since then, it has helped surgeons improve patient outcomes. Despite its availability, many surgeons do not have the training to perform robot-assisted surgery. This type of surgery is complex. To prepare, surgeons must undergo many hours of training for the procedure. That way, they can use robot-assisted tools and a specialized computer program to better plan and make adjustments while they operate. The computer component of these surgeries is often described as a GPS for surgeons. “I like to think of it like driving a car. We all know how to drive to our home, but the GPS system helps us get there more efficiently and without traffic. Same for robotic surgery, it helps me ensure the more careful surgery and the quickest recovery,” says Dr. Vigdorchik.
How does robot-assisted surgery work?
During robot-assisted surgery, the surgeon will use a camera to view the joint. They then use a computer program to identify anatomic landmarks within the joint. This information helps the surgeon during the planning process and during the procedure. Surgeons then have a superior level of accuracy when repairing or replacing hip and knee joints.
Who can perform robot-assisted surgery?
Surgeons must become certified to be able to perform robot-assisted surgery. This is a specialized course of training that prepares them to use robotics. When trained, surgeons can offer their patients a superior level of care with robot-assisted surgery. Dr. Vigdorchik is now one oh a handful of surgeons around the world who train other surgeons on his robotic and computer techniques. Surgeons fly in from around the world to the Hospital for Special Surgery to observe and learn these techniques.
During robot-assisted surgeries, the computer does not perform the surgery. Instead, Dr. Vigdorchik guides the robotic arm of the surgical system. He uses the information provided by the computer to perform the operation.
Dr. Vigdorchik prioritizes his patient’s outcomes. That’s why he frequently performs robot-assisted surgeries on patients who are candidates. By being able to better plan for procedures like hip and knee replacements, Dr. Vigdorchik can create more natural movement within new joints.
Prior to his work at Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Vigdorchik was the co-director of the robotics department at NYU Langone Orthopedics. Dr. Vigdorchik is deeply involved in surgeon education. He frequently hosts visiting surgeons from around the world to learn his techniques. He is also a part of the teaching faculty of Weill Cornell Medical School. As a result, he’s often the first choice for patients when they may need to undergo hip or knee surgery.
Conditions treated by robot-assisted surgery
Robot-assisted surgery is used to treat almost all hip and knee injuries and conditions. Dr. Vigdorchik has a non-operative priority. However, some patients do not benefit from conservative treatments. If surgery is necessary, Dr. Vigdorchik will discuss whether or not robot-assisted surgery is an option for you.
Some of the most common conditions and injuries treated by robot-assisted surgery include:
- Hip Osteoarthritis
- Hip Dysplasia
- Knee Osteoarthrits
In short, any condition or injury that can necessitate a hip or knee replacement can be addressed using robot-assisted surgery.
Recovering from robot-assisted surgery
Robot-assisted surgery is a great option for many patients who require knee and hip surgery. Patients who have blood loss conditions may also be candidates for robot-assisted surgery. This is because robot-assisted procedures use smaller incisions and minimize blood loss.
Patients undergoing a robot-assisted surgery replacement surgery will benefit from:
- 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
As a result, recovering from robot-assisted surgery is often a faster and more comfortable experience. Many patients can expect to be up and moving shortly after their procedure.
Dr. Vigdorchik is one of the top NYC hip and knee surgeons experienced in performing robot-assisted surgery. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Vigdorchik to get the highest quality care for your hip and knee conditions or injuries. Contact us now.