Three of your biggest concerns when it comes to hip and knee replacement surgery dispelled
Having concerns when it comes to surgery is completely understandable - and as a patient you are right to question everything, no matter how silly you may think your fears sound.
Here we set out to quash some of those concerns and help you make an informed decision about the best treatment for you, and for you only.
Three common concerns among patients when considering a hip or knee replacement include:
How quickly will I recover?
Will I have a limp or require specially made insoles?
How long will the replacement last?
Generally, a hip or knee replacement is required as a result of osteoporosis, a form of arthritis. Essentially this is the result of cartilage wearing away, causing your bones to rub and become damaged. Whilst there are various forms of treatment available, like physio for example, a replacement may be the best way to stop long term damage and end your discomfort or pain.
It’s important to remember that even the best surgeon, with years of experience and an excellent track record, is only human. Our consultants will always strive to give you the highest standard of care, but there are occasions where it’s harder for them to achieve the accuracy they aim for, or a smoother recovery for their patients.
Conventional surgery has consistent success. Here at Circle Bath Hospital we’ve done over 2,613 knee replacements and 3,132 hip replacements since we opened our doors in 2010. It’s been extremely rewarding knowing what a difference that operation has made to many of our patients’ lives. However, the introduction of new technology assisting these operations means our patients could get even better results.
This is where Stryker’s Mako Surgical System can play a significant role when it comes to surgery and a patient’s recovery. This new state-of-the-art equipment allows event the most experienced of surgeons to have the greatest of accuracy, when compared to more conventional methods of joint replacement surgery. It’s a robotic-assisted arm, which greatly improves the accuracy and precision of hip and knee replacement surgery. With the use of a CT scan, it measures the patient’s joints to create the most bespoke of surgeries, enabling the surgeon to always perform the best operation. It quite literally stops a consultant from carrying out work if it is just a millimetre out.
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The addition of the latest technology, introduced in 2019, has been described as ‘the gold standard’ of hip and knee joint replacement and has secured the hospital’s position as a centre of excellence. According to Mr Bradbury, expert knee consultant surgeon, this is ‘the future of joint replacement surgery. Personalisation of surgery is where we need to be going and I’m absolutely certain that we will see a huge take-up of this technology in the future’.
Furthermore, you'll receive treatment in our award-winning, hotel-like hospital, located in the beautiful countryside near Bath.
So, to answer your questions:
Greater accuracy in your replacement means better alignment during your operation. As the technology tailors the surgery specifically to your joints, as well as the surrounding muscles and tendons, the joint will be far less impacted, enabling you to make a quicker recovery.
Again, as this surgery is so bespoke, it greatly reduces the chances of needing shoes specially made or experiencing a limp once you’re fully recovered.
Revised surgery is normally required due to rubbing, much the same way as you needed the operation in the first place. Robotic-assisted surgery means more accuracy in the joint placement, meaning it’s more likely to combat any potential rubbing, therefore reducing the need for revised surgery.
As with all joint replacement surgery, the aim is to get you to a position where you are pain and discomfort-free so you can enjoy the life you love. Further benefits include:
✓ Improved mobility
✓ Less post-operative pain
✓ Reducing the risk of human error
"[Robotic assisted surgery] means patients get a personalised plan that is accurately and consistently carried out...
When I use this tool I can put in [knee replacements] better than I ever have before."
- Neil Bradbury, Consultant Knee Surgeon
"The expectation of patients has changed dramatically; patients don't just want to be relieved of their pain, they want to return to unrestrcited activities."
- Matthew Burwell, Consultant Hip Surgeon