Dr. K.Dretakis – Head of Robotic Orthopaedic Surgery Ultra Advanced Technology
Dr. K.Dretakis MD Ph.D is not only an experienced user of the exciting Robotic Arm Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery MAKO System but also an International Trainer for Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Robotic Orthopaedic Technology at its best is now available in Greece. Now the New Mako Stryker System at the Hygeia Hospital is available for use by the Qualified and Trained Surgeon.
The Completely New Robotic System can Assist the surgeon to perform Partial and Total Knee Replacement and Total Hip Replacement. The precision of the Robotic Arm System can be a fraction of a millimeter.
If you have knee or hip arthritis don’t wait too long. For patients suffering from knee arthritis treatment can be performed with partial knee replacement and preserving the rest healthy part of the knee joint if you ask for help earlier. Partial Knee Replacement for your knee means smaller incision less complication no blood loss and faster recovery. For patients suffering from hip arthritis Robotic Arm Assistance can provide Real-time Accuracy so that the new hip joint is exactly as planned. The system can show real-time information about the limb length equality and the absolute femoral stem positioning. That means less complications fast recovery and longevity of the hip implants.
Robotic Orthopedic Knee and Hip Replacement
Robotic orthopedic surgery is the most modern medical technology available today to treat arthritis and joint dysfunction.
MAKO Strykers Robotic Arm Assisted Technology is currently used at the top US Hospitals. With the use of this Robotic technology we can preoperative design with exceptional accuracy the part of the joint that needs to be excised and also to create the new joint with the use of implants. The exact positioning of the implants means better walking for the patient and longevity of the implants.
Osteoarthritis is the most common arthritis or inflammation of the joints and the most frequent cause of disability worldwide. In Greece over 500,000 people are suffering from hip and knee osteoarthritis.
Patients have pain and limitation of movement that can drive to a serious deterioration of quality of life and depression.
Advantages of the Robotic Arm Assisted Technology
- Excellent surgical precision
- Smaller incision
- Minimum blood loss
- Reduction of surgical complications
- Reduction of hospital stay
- Can minimize recovery time
- Gives you a more natural feeling of your joint
Who can be a Candidate for Robotic Arm Assisted Knee or Hip Surgery ?
- Patients with osteoarthritis
- People with pain in the medial part of the knee that persists for months
- Patient who express an annoying discomfort of the knee or hip during activity
- Patinets with a history of meniscus injury in the past and now have restriction of movement and persisting pain
- Patient suffering from osteoarthritis and are not happy with their medication for osteoarthritis.
- Patients with osteoarthritis and are younger and want to have an active lifestyle.
- Patients with osteoarthritis and are older and have medical comorbidity factors but could undergo partial knee replacement.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Robotic Orthopedic Knee and Hip Replacement
- Are all patients suitable for robotic knee and hip Replacement ?
Yes! The new Total Knee Application together with Partial Knee and Total Hip can help us treat all patients with moderate or severe osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The assessment for each patient should be performed by an orthopedic surgeon trained or familiar with the robotic arm assisted orthopedic surgery techniques.
- Can the Robot perform surgery alone?
No !! The robot is guided and programmed by the physician. It cannot act alone it can only help the surgeon to perform accurately a perfect operation.
- Is the Robotic Technology improving the operation ?
Yes because the perfect result in total hip and knee replacement is related to precision. In robotic orthopaedic surgery accuracy is proved to be extremely high and can be a fraction of a millimeter. That could ensure us that a perfect operation has been performed. The new technology is adopted by Orthopaedic Surgeons extremely fast. Nowdays 35% of the partial knee replacement in USA and Australia are performed with the assistance of Strykers MAKO System.
- Are there any complications with this Robotic Arm Assisted Surgery ?
Yes like any other surgical procedure robotic orthopaedic surgery can also have complications. The complications are less due to smaller incision reduction of duration of surgery, less hospital stay and immediate mobilization.
- Where can I find a Hospital where Robotic Arm MAKO is available?
In Hygeia Hospital Athens Greece the All New Stryker MAKO is available. The New System is Ready for all Three Applications. Partial Knee Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement.
- Do I need rehabilitation after surgery?
Rehabilitation and training always can accelerate our return to normal. Every patient has different needs according to his age his physical condition and his weight .