TECH SHOWCASE: Active Robotics in Total Knee Arthroplasty

    Editor’s Note: A session at ICJR’s 13th Annual Winter Hip & Knee Course was billed as a Technology Showcase, featuring 8 presentations on aspects of technology and techniques intended to help surgeons improve outcomes of hip and knee arthroplasty. We are highlighting those presentations on ICJR.net this week.

    William J. Long, MD, FRCSC, views active robotics as the latest evolution in instrumentation for improving outcomes of total knee arthroplasty (TKA). In its current iteration, active robotics can address 3 of the key principles of TKA, he said:

    • Bone resection
    • Component fixation
    • Component alignment

    In a presentation at ICJR’s 13th Annual Winter Hip & Knee Course, Dr. Long discussed his experience as part of the team of surgeons working on research for an active robotic system’s Investigational Device Exemption (IDE). He shared preliminary results of the IDE study covering 115 patients, including a comparison of the actual component position and orientation with the preoperative plan.

    He also showed a video of one of his active robotic procedures, describing each step in the process and discussing his learning curve with the robot.

    Click the image above to watch Dr. Long’s presentation and learn more about the use of active robotics in TKA.

    Faculty Bio

    William J. Long, MD, FRCSC, is a board-certified Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, New York. He specializes in adult hip and knee reconstruction, revision joint replacement, and sports injuries of the knee.

    Disclosures: Dr. Long has disclosed that he was formerly a paid consultant and paid speaker for THINK Surgical and that he is currently a paid consultant for DePuy Synthes.