Benefits for Patients
The partial knee replacement (partial Makoplasty) features various advantages for the patient. As above, the Rio robot permits an absolute precision in the prosthesis placement, favouring the success of operation. At the same time it consents to spare the healthy bone tissue and respect the surrounding soft tissues (capsule, ligaments, muscles) thanks to minimal traumatism of robotic arm cutter.
Therefore the patients operated by knee Makoplasty at Clinica San Francesco have rehabilitation times more rapid than the traditionally operated ones. Being a minimally invasive technique, the thigh tourniquet may not be used during operation, that is keeping a constant circulation during it, with huge benefits for the compression post-operative pain and for patients suffering limb arterial and venous diseases.
In most cases the patient can start again walking in the first 24 hours, generally without need of analgesic drugs; the return to work and relational life occur within a few weeks. In about 70% of cases the rehabilitation stay is not necessary (Fast Track or rapid discharge), but is sufficient a gym programme during the post-operative under physiotherapists guidance, to continue at home autonomously. The use of crutches is suggested just in the first days after operation.
The total knee prosthesis benefits from all advantages of mini-invasivity, perfect ligament balancing, precision and reproducibility of surgical wave, connected to the system. The robotic procedure, thanks to mini-invasivity and perfect ligament balancing, also consents a return to sport activity, although with some limitations.