Like all surgical procedures, a doctors dexterity in repairing the body is crucial not only for the patient to resume a healthy life, but also to minimize the number of surgeries required for a positive outcome and the number of times anesthesia must be used. For orthopedic surgery this is certainly the case, where a surgeon must precisely align bones and balance ligaments for optimum results.
With advancements in surgical technology, robotics can now assist doctors with the surgeries they perform. For orthopedic surgery, this has been very helpful. Using the robotic system, a doctor can reduce surgical errors and increase the success of joint repair or replacement with very precise positioning of implants and alignments.
Knee and hip replacements are common procedures for those who have aged and experience pain from joints wearing out. Replacements are also done for those who’ve had trauma and for those who’ve suffered from arthritis and had joints become deformed from the condition.
Health City Cayman Islands (HCCI), located on Grand Cayman, is the first hospital in the Caribbean to offer robotic assisted orthopedic surgery and one of a few select hospitals in North Amercia that has this capability. The Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic are other top hospitals offering this as well. Because of the robotic system, HCCI has elevated it’s orthopedic department to a ‘Center of Excellence’ for the institution.
HCCI’s Senior Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Alwin Almeida describes more about the technology in this video.