Robotic vs Conventional Total Knee Replacement

Robotic vs Conventional Total Knee Replacement

The benefits of Robotic vs Conventional (manual) Total Knee Replacement has been a controversial topic for the last few years. The technology is claimed to be more accurate for producing accurate total knee replacement. This study from the Mayo Clinic compared the outcomes of 103 manual total knee replacements vs 96 robotic total knee replacements and was published in the Bone and Joint Journal.

Robotic Total Knee Replacement was found to

  • Be more accurate for performing accurate bony cuts during knee replacement
  • Allow for a thinner polyethylene bearing. (Polyethylene is the super hard plast bearing within a knee replacement, most surgeons will aim for the thinnest bearing possible but will increase the size / thickness if the knee is difficult to make stable).

Full text and the study PDF is available at the below link through the Bone and Joint Journal

Robotic-assisted total knee arthroplasty improves accuracy and precision compared to conventional techniques