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Robotic Knee Surgery: What’s in a Name?

Published in N°19 - September / October 2022
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Robotic Knee Surgery: What’s in a Name?

By Jan Victor, Hannes Vermue in category UPDATE
Ghent University Hospital, C Heymanslaan 10, 9000 Gent, Belgium / [email protected]

Robotic knee surgery has grown exponentially over the past few years. This remarkable surge was boosted by several drivers. The remarkable achievements of new technology in different technical domains affected marketing in all aspects of society and certainly helped robotic surgery to gain traction.

Introduction

Robotic knee surgery has grown exponentially over the past few years. This remarkable surge was boosted by several drivers. The remarkable achievements of new technology in different technical domains affected marketing in all aspects of society and certainly helped robotic surgery to gain traction. The growing awareness in and beyond the orthopaedic community on the outcome of knee arthroplasty being far from perfect also served as an open invitation to technological aids. New insights in lower limb alignment intrigued surgeons, who started looking at different options to position the implant relative to the native anatomy of the patient. The ambition to reliably tweak the long-standing alignment paradigms by a few degrees could only be realised by more precise control of the bone cuts. Finally, direct to consumer (patient) marketing by the orthopaedic industry and orthopaedic surgeons proved to be a powerful tool to attract more patients.

All these events happened in a time span of about five years and changed the field of total knee arthroplasty in many ways. As the dust of the initial bang is settling a little, it is time to take a critical look at this technology.

 

What do we understand under the term “Robotic Knee Surgery”?

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