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Orthopedic video series


Many individuals experience joint pain due to injury, disease and normal wear and tear. Joint pain is very common and can range from a mild nuisance to debilitating. If joint pain is affecting your day to day activities, it may be time to consider seeing an orthopedic expert. In this video series, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Sean Robinson, shares tips on when you should seek help for joint pain, how to find an orthopedic specialist, and treatment options, including the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery. 

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When do I address joint pain with my doctor?

The first thing to realize is that joint pain is very common. We all suffer from some form of joint pain throughout the period of our lifetime. When it starts interfering with your daily activities, you may want to consider speaking to a specialist.

How do I know when it’s time to consider surgery?

The ideal time to consider surgery is when your daily activities are limited. So if you're requiring an assist device, such as a cane in order to get around or doing the things you love to do, then it may be time to discuss surgery as a treatment option.

How do I find an orthopedic specialist?

The best way to find any kind of specialist, but especially an orthopedic specialist, is to find someone who is very patient-centric. How do you find that person? Dr. Robinson provides options on where to start.  

Are there any options besides surgery?

There are always other options beside surgery. Surgery is at the end of the line when we have become effectively debilitated by an injury. Dr. Robinson offers options such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatories and others. 

What kind of surgical treatments are available for knee arthritis?

The primary surgical option for treating end stage knee arthritis is a total knee replacement. There are two main surgical methods - a standard mechanical approach or through robotic-assisted technology, such as MAKOplasty. 

Robotic-assisted knee replacement

Knee replacement is a very common surgery in the United States, with almost 800,000 performed each year. And, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, knee replacement surgery is one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine.  

Robotic-assisted knee replacement is one option for surgically treating your knee, and “robotic” refers to how the procedure is done. Doctors use robotic-assisted technology to provide an accurate and precise plan for each patient.

Learn more about the advantages and benefits of MAKO robotic-assisted technology, available at Mercy General Hospital, Mercy San Juan Medical Center and Methodist Hospital of Sacramento.

Which method of knee replacement do you prefer?

The MAKO robot is a preferred method, because of the reproducibility of the total knee. It provides leeway when planning a surgery and allows for even the smallest changes in order to perfect the surgical plan. The benefit to the patient is a more well-balanced knee, which should lead to less inflammation and a joint that’s more inline with their natural mechanics.

What is your role in robotic-assisted knee surgery?

First, using the robot allows me to make a personalized plan for each patient. The surgeon’s role during the surgery is to actually control the robot.

Why should I consider Dignity Health for my procedure?

Dignity Health in the Sacramento region has dialed in orthopedic care. What that means for the patient is a better experience, and then ultimately a better outcome.