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.
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.
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.
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.