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Considering knee replacement surgery? Learn why it’s easier than ever

0 2 years ago

No joints in the body make someone “feel their age” quite like the knees do. Going up and down stairs, picking up something that fell on the floor and walking the dog around the neighborhood become daunting tasks. When knee pain is a part of everyday life, it’s not uncommon to dread routine experiences.

The number of knee replacements is projected to grow exponentially through 2040 and beyond, according to 2019 research. Thankfully, new advancements in joint replacement surgery have made this procedure easier than ever – with a more normal feeling knee, a quicker, smoother recovery and an implant built to last.

Mercy Iowa City now offers game-changing robotic technologies that improve surgeons’ efficiency and accuracy compared with traditional knee replacements. Dr. Brent Overton, MD, of Steindler Orthopedic Clinic, is a board-certified surgeon specializing in treating hips, knees and shoulders as well as joint replacement surgery. His goal is to safely return patients to their optimal physical functioning levels, enabling them to enjoy their daily activities.

Dr. Overton answered some frequently asked questions about this type of knee replacement surgery.

What are the advantages of robotic knee surgery versus traditional knee surgery?

“Robotic knee surgery uses a sophisticated camera and high-speed computer to evaluate the position of the knee in real-time during the procedure,” he said. This translates to more precision during surgery and more accuracy in placing the new joint.

One surprise for patients? The camera and computer are the “robot,” but a human surgeon like Overton does the actual surgery. In partnership with Steindler Orthopedic Clinic, Mercy Iowa City is recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ designation for knee surgery.

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