Overview

Overview

Using innovative joint replacement methods, Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeons reconstruct thousands of hip and knee joints each year. Treatments include routine and complex total hip and knee replacement, revision of previously replaced joints that have worn out or failed, partial knee replacement, hip resurfacing, and arthroscopic knee surgery.

Our specialists care for a variety of hip and knee problems, including joints that have been damaged by arthritis and injuries. They are experts in treating painful and infected joint replacements, including the most complex problems associated with severe bone deficiencies. Following surgery, specially trained physical therapists provide individualized care to help ensure long-term success.

Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeons also treat difficult fracture problems such as pelvic/acetabular (hip socket) injuries, complex long-bone fractures especially when near the joint, bone infections, and fractures that have difficulty healing.

Treatment Guides What We Treat Robotic-Assisted Joint Replacement Surgery

Robotic-Assisted Joint Replacement Surgery

What is robotic joint replacement?

  • The robotic-arm assisted replacement is the latest technology that is transforming the way knee and hip replacements are being performed. It provides each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy.

Who should get this surgery?

  • Robotic joint replacement surgery is intended for use in individuals with joint disease and related persistent knee or hip pain resulting from degenerative, rheumatoid or post-traumatic arthritis who have not had success with non-surgical treatment.

What are the advantages of the robotic-assisted technology?

  • The robot operates with an unparalleled level of accuracy and precision
  • The surgeon can create a surgical plan that takes into account the unique anatomy of the patient, making it easier for the surgeon to choose the correct implant size and placement
  • Surgeons can do a virtual run-through prior to the actual surgery and adjust the surgical plan if needed to better execute the removal of the bone during surgery.

Does the robot actually perform the surgery?

  • The robot doesn’t perform the surgery, nor can it make decisions or move on its own without the guidance of an orthopaedic surgeon.

Will the incision be smaller/shorter using this technology?

  • The incision is the same size as with traditional surgery. There may also be a second one-inch long incision in which a temporary tracking device will be placed.

What happens if the robot (computer) “crashes” during the procedure?

  • The surgeon proceeds without the use of the robot, and the surgery becomes a manual/traditional procedure.

What is the typical hospital stay and rehabilitation timeline following robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery?

  • Most patients can expect to spend just one night in the hospital following surgery. Select patients who are healthy enough can go home the same day. Most hip replacement patients are back to normal activity within three to four weeks, and most knee replacement patients are back to normal activity within five to seven weeks.

Is there an additional cost to utilize the robotic-assisted technology?

  • Every case and individual is different. Please consult your insurance company regarding coverage questions.

Where is this surgery performed?

  • Robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery is available at Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital.
  • Patients can see their Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic physician at any Cleveland Clinic facility for pre- and post-operative care. Virtual visits are also available for post-operative care.

For more information, please call 216.363.5769.

Among 124 community hospitals nationwide, Lutheran Hospital has placed No. 1, winning the Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award for excellence in delivering safe, patient-centered care that is timely, effective, efficient, and equitable.

Our Doctors

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Virtual Visits

Virtual Visits

Virtual Visits with Orthopaedics

Select patients now can see our providers online from their home or office by using the Cleveland Clinic Express Care® Online tool. This service allows patients a fast, secure and easy way to receive care from their healthcare team in a live virtual visit using a smartphone (iPhone or Android), tablet or computer. The benefits of choosing a virtual visit include no travel or parking, less waiting, significant time savings, no facility fee and the convenience of seeing your physician from wherever you choose.

Virtual Visits with Orthopaedics

New patients with common knee injuries or knee pain can use Express Care Online® without an appointment on Monday’s from 9 am to 12 pm EST.

Established patients scheduling follow-up care appointments such as:

  • Post-Surgical & wound check visits
  • Fracture care follow-up
  • Injection follow-up
  • Musculoskeletal injury follow-up
  • Per-operative teaching prior to surgery

Ask your physician if a virtual visit follow-up appointment is right for your follow-up care or call 216. 445. 2827.

What is the cost of an orthopaedic virtual visit?

  • New patients: $75
  • Follow-up visits: $49
  • Post-surgical visits: $0*
  • Fracture care visits: $0*
  • *Within 90 days of incident.

If you would like to use Express Care Online for your next visit, please call your provider’s office. If you are eligible, our team will schedule your virtual visit and provide details on the cost of your appointment and setup instructions.

Podcast

Podcast

What You Need to Know About Hip and Knee Replacements

Trevor Murray, MD, Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic Surgery Specialist