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Robotic Surgery

Twin Palm Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgery located in Ocala, FL

If you have a joint injury or other musculoskeletal problem and need surgery, Twin Palm Orthopedics in Ocala, Florida, can help. Experienced orthopedic surgeon Derek Farr, DO, and his expert team offer revolutionary robotic surgery using Mako® robotic-arm-assisted technology to maximize precision and accuracy. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Robotic Surgery Q & A

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery at Twin Palm Orthopedics uses a cutting-edge robotic device with a highly maneuverable surgical arm to complete minimally invasive procedures with exceptional precision and accuracy. Your surgeon offers this treatment to optimize surgery outcomes with a lower risk of complications and less downtime.

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

Some of the many benefits you can experience with robotic surgery at Twin Palm Orthopedics include:

  • Lower risk of complications
  • Lower incidence of bleeding
  • Small incision
  • Less downtime
  • Faster recovery times
  • Exceptional precision - patient-specific
  • Maximum accuracy
  • Improved control
  • Less scarring
  • Less pain
  • Lower revision rate
  • Better feeling joint implant

Robotics procedures help your surgeon achieve the best possible outcome, so you can heal quickly and experience less instability or pain.

Why might I need robotic surgery?

Your Twin Palm Orthopedics specialist may recommend you undergo robotic surgery if you struggle with:

  • Severe or ongoing joint pain
  • Joint weakness or instability
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Fractures
  • Severe arthritis
  • Other musculoskeletal injuries

To determine which type of surgery, if any, is right for you, your surgeon discusses your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical exam and may suggest you undergo blood tests, CT scans, MRIs, X-rays, or other imaging procedures.

How should I prepare for robotic surgery?

To get ready for robotic surgery, follow your orthopedic specialist’s instructions. Avoid taking certain medications or supplements, and if instructed, don’t eat or drink after midnight before surgery. Wear comfortable clothes and arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.

What happens during the procedure?

Before robotic surgery, your specialist gives you anesthesia to eliminate pain and help you relax or fall asleep. 

Your surgeon makes a smaller incision and uses a robotic arm attached to a computer device with a high-definition console, multiple computer screens for joint evaluation and robotic monitoring to repair arthritic or worn out bone ends, cartilage, or joints. Then, they close the incisions and take you to a recovery area.

What should I expect after robotic surgery?

After robotic surgery, you can rest in a recovery room where you will get up and walk with a physical therapist before having a friend or family member drive you home. Take medications as directed, get plenty of rest, ice the treatment area, participate in home physical therapy. Usually a waterproof bandage is applied so you can shower the next day.  

Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity until your surgeon gives you the okay. Attend follow-up visits and complete physical therapy sessions as needed to maximize healing. 

To learn more about Mako robotic surgery and find out if it’s right for you, call the Twin Palm Orthopedics office or request an appointment online today.