When daily wear-and-tear leads to knee osteoarthritis, pain, and limited movement that interferes with daily life, robotic knee replacement may be a good option. Jaspreet Sidhu, DO, specializes in robotic knee replacement surgery, preserving as much of your healthy tissues as possible with the advanced technology of Mako® robotic-arm assisted surgery. To learn if you’re a good candidate for robotic knee replacement, call the office in Stockton, California, or schedule an appointment online.
Dr. Sidhu may recommend a knee replacement when you have advanced degenerative joint disease.
This means you may be a good candidate if you have severe knee pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, or a rare condition called avascular necrosis, which develops when bone tissue lacks enough of blood supply to survive.
Arthritis leads to the breakdown of cartilage in the knee, allowing bones to rub together, causing pain, stiffness, limited movement, and inflammation. When conservative treatments fail to relieve your symptoms or the damage is too extensive, a knee replacement is your only option.
Your knee has three compartments: the medial or inside part, the lateral or outside part, and the patellofemoral compartment in the front of your knee. Cartilage degeneration due to arthritis may occur throughout the joint or only in one or two areas.
When arthritic damage is limited to one or two compartments, you may be a good candidate for a unicompartmental or partial knee replacement.
During a partial replacement, Dr. Sidhu makes a small incision near the targeted compartment, then carefully moves muscles and ligaments aside, creating a small opening for the surgical tools without cutting the supporting tissues.
A unicompartmental knee replacement preserves more of your healthy bone and tissue, which helps improve your long-term results.
During a standard knee replacement, Dr. Sidhu cuts away the damaged cartilage and shapes the upper leg bone, the femur, to fit the prosthetic femoral component.
Then he trims the lower leg bone straight across to accommodate the prosthetic tibial component, a flat metal tray that holds a plastic insert to replace the cartilage.
Dr. Sidhu provides customized knee replacement using Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery. After performing a CT scan to produce a 3D model of your knee, he uses the model to plan your surgery, determining the precise amount of damaged tissue to remove and best size and placement of your prosthetic implant.
Then Dr. Sidhu guides the Mako robotic arm, using it to remove the damaged cartilage and bone. During your surgery, the robotic system provides real-time data and feedback through tactile resistance to ensure Dr. Sidhu stays within the boundaries defined by your 3D model.
As a result, only damaged tissue is removed, preserving the healthy bone, soft tissues, and ligaments and ensuring more natural knee function after your joint replacement surgery.
If you struggle with knee osteoarthritis and you’d like to learn more about robotic knee replacement, call the office or schedule an appointment online.