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ROSA® Robotic-Hip Technology


Helping you get back to the things you love–that's always our goal. The ROSA robotic-hip technology enables our surgeons evaluate and execute surgical plan based on real-time feedback and the patient’s unique anatomy, while seamlessly integrating into the surgeon’s workflow. Minimally invasive hip replacement involves more than just a shorter incision. Modern minimally invasive techniques also focus on the way surgeons gain access to the hip joint. The goal is to minimize muscle and tendon disruption, making surgery less traumatic for patients, and allowing for shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries.


Why robotic hip replacement?

ROSA Hip is a minimally invasive hip procedure using a 3-to-6 inch incision on the front of your leg, compared to an 8-to-12 inch incision on the side or back of your leg with a conventional hip replacement procedure. This minimally invasive hip procedure is called Anterior Supine. It allows your surgeon to have an optimized view of your hip joint during surgery.

This procedure also allows your surgeon to preserve the tissue that keeps your joint tight, which reduces the risk of dislocation after surgery. Dislocation is when your hip comes out of the socket.

Every patient’s surgical experience may differ, but the minimally invasive Anterior Supine Hip Procedure with ROSA Hip is designed to:

  • Accelerate recovery time and reduce pain due to the minimal trauma to muscles, tendons, and nerves.
  • Reduce scarring from the use of a smaller incision.
  • More rapid stability of the hip, because muscles are not disrupted during the procedure.
  • Less radiation exposure as a CT scan is not required.

Before surgery

Prior to surgery, you’ll get a series of x-rays done, which will help your surgeon create a personal plan for your surgery. Your personalized plan plus data collected during your surgery will provide immediate feedback to your surgeon, resulting in a surgery completely customized to you.

During surgery

The surgical procedure using the ROSA Hip robot is similar to conventional hip replacement, but with a robotic assistant. Your surgeon has been specially trained to use the ROSA Hip robot to personalize the surgical approach for your unique anatomy. It’s important to understand that the robot does not operate on its own. Your surgeon is in the operating room the entire time and is making all of the decisions throughout your surgery. During your procedure, your surgeon will take several x-rays, which ROSA will use to provide real-time data to your surgeon. This information, combined with your surgeon’s skill, helps him/her know how to position your implant based on your unique anatomy.

After surgery

Following surgery, you may be hospitalized based on the recovery plan your surgeon decides is best for you. Upon returning home you will need to continue taking your regular medications and exercising as directed by your surgeon or physical therapist. Walking, remaining active, and practicing the required exercises are the quickest ways to full recovery. Recovery time varies, but most people should be able to drive after two weeks, garden after three to four weeks, and golf after six to eight weeks. Your surgeon will tell you when and what activities you can return to, and what activities to avoid.


Is it time for hip replacement?

That’s a question you and your doctor will have to answer together. However, when non-surgical treatments aren’t providing enough relief for you to enjoy life the way you’d like, the time may be right to consider hip replacement surgery.

Here are some signs to consider when deciding if it may be time for hip replacement:

  • You have pain that keeps you awake or awakens you at night
  • You have pain that limits activities necessary to go about your daily routines, such as walking or bending
  • Your hip’s pain and stiffness interfere with your daily life and limit your mobility
  • You have tried other treatments for a reasonable period of time and you still have persistent pain

You and your doctor must consider many other factors prior to surgery, including your age, overall health, and bone density. The list above can help you understand when you may begin to consider joint replacement surgery. Every surgical procedure has risks and benefits. Your individual results will depend on personal circumstances. Your doctor will provide post-operative directions. Remember that recovery takes time.

Doctors may delay total hip replacement for as long as possible in favor of less invasive treatments. If you have advanced joint disease, hip replacement may provide relief from pain and a return to normal activities.

When your life is dictated by the limitations caused by your hip pain, consider speaking with an orthopaedic surgeon about joint replacement. 


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