The Journal of Arthroplasty , Volume 33 , Issue 7 , 2007 - 2013

Pros and Cons: A Balanced View of Robotics in Knee Arthroplasty

Lonner, Jess H. et al.

In both unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA), compared with conventional techniques robotic technology has been shown to optimize the precision of bone preparation and component alignment, reducing outliers and increasing the percentage of components aligned within 2° or 3° of the target goal. In addition, soft tissue balance can be quantified through a range of motion in UKA and TKA using the various robotic technologies available. Although the presumption has been that the improved alignment associated with robotics will improve function and implant durability, there are limited data to support that notion. Based on recent and emerging data, it may be unreasonable to presume that robotics is necessary for both UKA and TKA. In fact, despite improvements in various proxy measures, the precision of robotics may be more important for UKA than TKA, although if system costs and surgical efficiencies continue to improve, streamlining perioperative processes, reducing instrument inventory, and achieving comparable outcomes in TKA may be a reasonable goal of robotic surgery.

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