Drs. Vince Lands, Robert McAfee and Patrick Barousse are utilizing innovative robotic technology to help them perform total knee replacements for their patients.
The physicians practice with North Oaks Orthopaedic Specialty Center in Hammond and Livingston. To learn more or schedule a consultation, call North Oaks Orthopaedic Specialty Center at (985) 230-BONE  or visit www. northoaks.org/jointcare
Lands, McAfee and Barousse have been using the Robotic Surgical Assistant® system by Zimmer Biomet Solutions, and all three are ROSA® Knee-certified.
“With ROSA®, we’re performing knee replacements as a same day surgery using the latest technology and advances in medicine to achieve high reliability outcomes with less pain and quicker recoveries for our patients,” Lands said.
“We remain in complete control during the procedure just as we would performing a traditional knee replacement,” McAfee said. “It’s like a Global Positioning System, guiding us to the best position for the implant and assisting with bone resections to achieve the most precise fit.”
Barousse said the system enables the physician to precisely place and align the knee implant to account for each patient’s unique anatomy.
Unlike traditional knee replacement methods, a series of X-rays may be used to create a 3D model of the patient’s knee anatomy before surgery. Orthopaedic surgeons utilize this 3D model to plan the specifics of the patient’s knee replacement ahead of the procedure.
A camera and optical trackers attached to the leg during surgery lets the surgeon know exactly where the patient’s knee is in space at all times. If the leg moves even a fraction of an inch, the robot can tell and adjusts accordingly to ensure the surgeon’s plan is executed as intended, the doctors said. The data helps with complex decision-making and enables surgeons to use computer and software technology to control and move surgical instruments, allowing for greater precision and flexibility during procedures, they said.
Total joint replacement is one of the most frequently performed elective surgical procedures in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health. Specific to knee replacements, osteoarthritis is often the driving factor. The most common form of arthritis, it is caused by years of constant motion and pressure in the joints that erodes joint cartilage and bone. As the wear and tear progresses, joint pain and difficulty in moving increase. Once conservative options have been exhausted and fail to provide relief, orthopaedic surgeons may recommend total knee replacement.