Surgical robots lead to lower complication rates after knee replacements, study finds
Becker’s Spine Review reports on HSS study results published in Arthroplasty Today finding patients who had robot-assisted total knee replacements had lower complication rates in the first three months after surgery, which was led by study author and hip and knee surgeon Geoffrey H. Westrich, MD, and colleagues.
The study assessed 1.3 million total knee replacements performed from 2010-18 using a national database and categorized them as conventional, technology-assisted or robot-assisted. The data showed robot-assisted procedures had a 90-day complication rate of 1.57 percent while conventional knee replacements had a 2.55 percent complication rate.
The study also found that the use of robots in knee replacements nationwide jumped more than 2,200 percent between 2010 and 2018.