James P. Crutcher Jr. , MD
Orthopedic Surgeon & Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon located in Seattle, WA
Robotic joint replacement offers expanded precision and customization during your joint replacement surgery. James P. Crutcher Jr., MD, uses robotic joint replacement at his practice in Seattle, Washington. He has years of experience as an orthopedic surgeon and strives to provide the most advanced care to his patients. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Crutcher and learn more about robotic joint replacement techniques, call or use the online booking tool today.
Robotic Joint Replacement Q & A
How does robotic joint replacement work?
Robotic joint replacement uses robotic technology to improve the accuracy of surgery. A robot doesn’t operate but it does assist the physician in planning a surgery and as they operate. The technology is used in a number of joint replacement surgeries like full knee and hip replacements.
Dr. Crutcher uses robotic technology to assist him in planning individual joint replacement surgeries. The 3D imaging produced by the robot allows Dr. Crutcher to take your individual anatomy and soft-tissue structure into account.
He also uses the technology to guide his movements during joint replacement surgeries. Robotic technology ensures that Dr. Crutcher doesn’t go outside the specified surgery area.
Robotic technology allows Dr. Crutcher to customize all aspects of your joint replacement surgery specifically to you. It’s a successful alternative to more traditional approaches.
What is MAKOplasty?
MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing is a minimally invasive procedure designed for individuals diagnosed with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis. During the procedure, Dr. Crutcher only resurfaces the affected area of the joint, ensuring healthy bones and ligaments remain intact.
The MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing procedure is done using the robotic arm technology of the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. Prior to your surgery, a computed tomography (CT) scan is taken of your knee.
The RIO System then creates a 3D anatomical model that enables Dr. Crutcher to plan the placement and alignment of your knee implants prior to surgery. The technology also helps Dr. Crutcher to do the surgery accurately.
The technology ensures a more natural feeling in the joint after surgery.
What are the benefits of a robotic joint replacement?
Robotic joint replacement allows Dr. Crutcher to customize your joint replacement surgery to fit your body. Dr. Crutcher understands that every patient is different and the way a joint replacement surgery is planned and done should reflect those individual differences.
The many potential benefits of using robotic technology to do joint replacement surgeries include:
- Faster recovery time
- Personalized surgical approach
- More successful joint replacements
- Decreased risk of human error
To learn more about how Dr. Crutcher uses robotic technology for joint replacement surgeries, call or use the online booking tool today.