Robotic Hip Replacement FAQs

What is robotic hip replacement surgery?

Robotic hip replacement surgery is an advanced surgical procedure where a robotic arm assists the surgeon in performing the hip replacement. The robot provides precise guidance during bone preparation and implant placement

How does robotic hip replacement differ from traditional hip replacement surgery?

In traditional hip replacement surgery, the surgeon relies on manual techniques and visual estimation. Robotic hip replacement utilizes advanced technology to enhance precision and accuracy, potentially leading to better outcomes and faster recovery.

What are the benefits of robotic hip replacement?

The benefits of robotic hip replacement include improved accuracy in implant placement, potentially shorter recovery times, reduced risk of complications, and enhanced long-term function of the hip joint.

Am I a candidate for robotic hip replacement surgery?

Candidates for robotic hip replacement surgery typically include individuals with hip pain or dysfunction due to conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or avascular necrosis, who have not responded to conservative treatments.

What type of anesthesia is used for robotic hip replacement?

Robotic hip replacement surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia, although some patients may be candidates for regional anesthesia techniques such as spinal or epidural anesthesia.

How long is the recovery period after robotic hip replacement surgery?

The recovery period after robotic hip replacement surgery varies for each individual but typically involves a few days of hospitalization followed by several weeks of rehabilitation and gradual return to normal activities.

Will I experience pain after robotic hip replacement surgery?

Pain management strategies, including medications and physical therapy, are utilized to minimize discomfort after robotic hip replacement surgery. Most patients experience manageable pain that improves gradually over time.

What are the risks and complications associated with robotic hip replacement?

Risks and complications of robotic hip replacement surgery may include infection, blood clots, implant dislocation, nerve injury, and allergic reactions to anesthesia or materials used in the surgery.

How soon can I return to normal activities after robotic hip replacement?

While recovery timelines vary, most patients can resume light activities within a few weeks and gradually return to normal activities within a few months following robotic hip replacement surgery.

Will I need physical therapy after robotic hip replacement surgery?

Yes, physical therapy is an essential part of the recovery process after robotic hip replacement surgery. It helps improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the hip joint.

How long do robotic hip replacements typically last?

Robotic hip replacements are designed to be durable, with many patients experiencing relief from hip pain and improved function for 20 years or more.

Are there any age restrictions for robotic hip replacement surgery?

There are no specific age restrictions for robotic hip replacement surgery. Candidates are evaluated based on their overall health and the severity of their hip condition.

Will I need to undergo any special tests before robotic hip replacement surgery?

Yes, your healthcare provider may recommend tests such as blood tests, imaging studies (X-rays, MRI), and an electrocardiogram (ECG) to assess your overall health and help plan the surgery.

What should I expect during the pre-operative evaluation for robotic hip replacement?

During the pre-operative evaluation, you will meet with your surgical team to discuss your medical history, undergo physical examinations and tests, receive instructions for surgery preparation, and have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

How much does robotic hip replacement surgery cost?

The cost of robotic hip replacement surgery varies depending on factors such as the hospital, surgeon’s fees, anesthesia, and post-operative care. It’s essential to check with your healthcare provider and insurance company for specific cost information.

Does insurance cover robotic hip replacement surgery?

Insurance coverage for robotic hip replacement surgery varies depending on your insurance plan and individual circumstances. It’s important to check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage and any out-of-pocket expenses.

Can robotic hip replacement be performed on both hips simultaneously?

In some cases, bilateral robotic hip replacement (both hips at the same time) may be an option, depending on the patient’s overall health and the surgeon’s recommendation. However, this approach carries additional risks and considerations.

What are the different types of robotic systems used for hip replacement surgery?

There are various robotic systems available for hip replacement surgery, including MAKO, NAVIO, and ROSA. Each system has its unique features and benefits, but they all aim to improve surgical precision and outcomes.

How accurate is robotic guidance during hip replacement surgery?

Robotic guidance systems provide high levels of accuracy, allowing surgeons to achieve precise implant placement and optimize the alignment of the hip joint, which can contribute to improved outcomes and longevity of the implant.

Will I have a scar after robotic hip replacement surgery?

Yes, you will have a scar after robotic hip replacement surgery. The size and appearance of the scar will depend on factors such as the surgical approach used by your surgeon.

Are there any dietary restrictions I need to follow before or after robotic hip replacement surgery?

Your healthcare provider may provide dietary guidelines to follow before and after robotic hip replacement surgery to support optimal healing and recovery. These guidelines may include recommendations for hydration, protein intake, and vitamin supplementation.

Can I drive after robotic hip replacement surgery?

It is typically recommended to avoid driving for a few weeks after robotic hip replacement surgery, or until you have regained sufficient strength, flexibility, and coordination to operate a vehicle safely. Your surgeon will provide specific guidance based on your individual situation.

Will I need assistive devices like crutches or a walker after robotic hip replacement surgery?

Many patients require assistive devices such as crutches, a walker, or a cane for a short period after robotic hip replacement surgery to support mobility and prevent falls while the hip joint heals. Your healthcare provider will advise you on the appropriate use of these devices.

How often will I need follow-up appointments after robotic hip replacement surgery?

Follow-up appointments are typically scheduled at regular intervals after robotic hip replacement surgery to monitor your progress, evaluate your healing, and address any concerns or complications. Your surgeon will determine the frequency of these appointments based on your individual needs.

Can I still participate in sports or physical activities after robotic hip replacement surgery?

While you may be able to resume certain low-impact activities and sports after robotic hip replacement surgery, it’s essential to consult with your surgeon before engaging in any strenuous activities to ensure that it’s safe for your hip joint

How do I prepare my home for recovery after robotic hip replacement surgery?

Preparing your home for recovery after robotic hip replacement surgery may involve making modifications such as removing trip hazards, arranging furniture for easy navigation with assistive devices, and setting up a comfortable recovery area with necessary supplies within reach.

Will I need to take blood thinners after robotic hip replacement surgery?

Blood thinners may be prescribed after robotic hip replacement surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots. Your surgeon will determine the appropriate duration and type of blood thinner based on your individual risk factors and the specific surgical approach used. It’s crucial to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully regarding the dosage and duration of blood thinner medication.

What should I do if I experience any complications after robotic hip replacement surgery?

If you experience any complications after robotic hip replacement surgery, such as increased pain, swelling, redness, warmth around the incision site, fever, or difficulty moving your hip, it’s essential to contact your surgeon or seek medical attention promptly. Early intervention can help prevent complications from worsening and promote optimal healing.

Are there any long-term effects I should be aware of after robotic hip replacement surgery?

While robotic hip replacement surgery can provide significant relief from hip pain and improve joint function, it’s important to be aware of potential long-term effects such as implant wear, loosening, or dislocation, which may require additional interventions or revision surgery in the future. Regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon can help monitor your hip joint’s health and address any concerns that arise over time.

A seasoned orthopedic surgeon and foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Mohammad Athar welcomes patients at the offices of Complete Orthopedics in Queens / Long Island. Fellowship trained in both hip and knee reconstruction, Dr. Athar has extensive expertise in both total hip replacements and total knee replacements for arthritis of the hip and knee, respectively. As an orthopedic surgeon, he also performs surgery to treat meniscal tears, cartilage injuries, and fractures. He is certified for robotics assisted hip and knee replacements, and well versed in cutting-edge cartilage replacement techniques.
In addition, Dr. Athar is a fellowship-trained foot and ankle specialist, which has allowed him to accrue a vast experience in foot and ankle surgery, including ankle replacement, new cartilage replacement techniques, and minimally invasive foot surgery. In this role, he performs surgery to treat ankle arthritis, foot deformity, bunions, diabetic foot complications, toe deformity, and fractures of the lower extremities. Dr. Athar is adept at non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions in the upper and lower extremities such as braces, medication, orthotics, or injections to treat the above-mentioned conditions.