As a top orthopedic surgeon with locations in El Cajon, CA and Coronado, CA, Dr, McCandless is skilled in robotic joint replacement techniques designed to provide precise and accurate treatments for the best outcomes possible for patients in the greater San Diego, CA area.
Robotic joint replacement represents an advance in joint replacement surgery, using robotic devices to perform some of the more precise and demanding aspects of joint replacement surgery for consistent, reliable results that eliminate some of the variability involved in complex joint replacement surgeries. In robotic joint replacement surgery, the robotic device is used by the surgeon as a type of surgical implement much like a clamp or a scalpel; the device does not perform the surgery on its own.
The primary advantage of robot-assisted joint surgery is that it may help improve placement and alignment of the synthetic joint components, resulting in better outcomes for more patients. In order for synthetic joints to operate effectively and without problems, they must be placed to within just a few degrees of the joint's axis – the point that determines proper joint movement. Any greater error can result in poorer outcomes. Today's surgical robots help ensure the joint components are properly positioned and ideally aligned for optimal outcomes.
The approach to joint replacement using robotic devices is the same as for traditional joint replacement surgeries. Robotic devices are frequently used in partial joint replacements using smaller incisions, and they can also be used in other types of joint surgeries, such as arthroplasty to resurface a joint.
Not everyone is a good candidate for robotic joint replacement. Dr. McCandless will be able to determine during your evaluation if it might be a good choice for you. You'll also have plenty of time to ask questions during your evaluation so you understand the role the robotic device may play during your procedure and its potential effects on your outcome and recovery.