The robotic advantage
"With LIJ's [Long Island Jewish Medical Center] Navio robotic system, orthopedic surgeons can align and place implants with even greater precision. That makes operating in limited spaces, such as the knee, less invasive," said Vijay Rasquinha, MD, LIJ's chief of reconstructive surgery. "Operating less invasively gives patients faster recoveries with less pain. And greater precision provides them with better postoperative functionality."
When Ms. Karp discussed options with Dr. Rasquinha, she quickly saw the benefits of robotic surgery for her treatment goals. "I didn't want to be sedentary," she said. "I wanted to explore my candidacy for the procedure so I could do the things I love again."
"We focus on returning patients to high functional levels and helping them get back to work," Dr. Rasquinha noted. "Ms. Karp wanted to return to work in three weeks. She was a candidate for robotic surgery, so we started the process."
Proprietary software in the Navio robotic system uses a patient's knee X-ray to create a 3D map of the joint. Dr. Rasquinha and other LIJ orthopedic surgeons use this map to plot the surgery, align the implant and balance the knee to maximize mobility after surgery.
Ms. Karp underwent robot-assisted partial knee replacement surgery on June 21. She left the hospital the next day and returned to work a week later.
"Within a week of surgery, I walked with a cane," she said. "Before surgery, I couldn't even exercise on an elliptical machine because of the pain. Within two weeks of surgery, I rode a stationary bike. Before the end of the third week, I could drive again. I stick to my physical therapy regimen, and I feel great. I may have the same procedure on my left knee."
LIJ's Partial Joint Replacement Program, a preoperative learning session, prepared Ms. Karp for what to expect after surgery and stressed the importance of adhering to her physical therapy schedule.
"Surgery is only one part of the process, and I worked hard during therapy," she said. "Every week, I'm able to do more. I wish I had this operation sooner. Now, I feel very little pain in my knee. I recommend this solution to anyone looking for similar relief. It's not necessary to be in pain. You can feel better."