Robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery, which ensures greater precision and better result and is seen as the future of joint replacement, was conducted for the first time in Odisha at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital here on Saturday.
The surgery was done under the supervision of Dr Shekhar Srivastav, a leading Indian expert in knee replacement.
“Accuracy and balancing of soft tissue around the knee are important in knee replacement surgery and robotic surgery is making it possible,” Dr Srivastav told newspersons. “The soft tissue damage is less and the patient can return to normal life much faster after the procedure,” he said.
Dr Srivastav said young people in greater numbers now need joint replacement which was not the case earlier. Replying to a question, he said the difference in expenditure between conventional surgery and robotic knee replacement is not more than 10% to 15%.