Aug. 2, 2023

Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City Introduces Cutting-Edge Robotic-Assisted Tool to Elevate Total Knee Replacement Surgery Outcomes

Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City Introduces Cutting-Edge Robotic-Assisted Tool to Elevate Total Knee Replacement Surgery Outcomes
  • Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City has performed several joint replacement surgeries for patients with complex knee problems using a unique robotic-assisted tool.
  • The tool allows surgeons to achieve more accurate and precise outcomes and personalize the procedure based on the individual anatomy of each patient in need of a total knee replacement surgery.

Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC), one of the UAE’s largest hospitals for serious and complex care and a joint-venture partnership between Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) and Mayo Clinic, has introduced the latest and unique version of a robotic-assisted surgical system, which supports physicians at SSMC in conducting knee joint replacement procedures.

The surgical system is a robotic device that allows SSMC’s doctors to perform knee replacement surgeries with greater precision and accuracy compared to conventional surgical methods. The robotics-assisted approach ensures that the surgeon remains in full control throughout the procedure and contributes to enhancing surgical results with short and long-term outcomes for patients.

The conventional Total knee replacements pose several limitations, such as providing surgeons with a limited view of the joint during the technically demanding operation and taking a longer period of time to complete, as opposed to robotic-assisted procedures.

With traditional surgeries, 20% of patients reported some degree of limitation to their functional ability, impacting their ability to perform well at sports and carry out daily activities. Moreover, 10% of patients report generally not being satisfied with their conventional knee replacement surgeries.

Dr. Mohamed Muath Adi, consultant orthopedic surgeon and chair of the Orthopedics Division at SSMC, said: “We are proud to be delivering on our primary value of meeting our patients’ needs, by introducing this cutting-edge technology – robotic knee joint replacement at SSMC, which addresses chronic knee pain in addition to a range of osteoarthritic conditions and allows us to consider the unique motion and shape of the knee. By fusing the power of technology and clinical practice, we can ensure that the highest levels of precision are met when positioning and aligning implants.”

Dr. Muath Adi added: “The tool’s technological features allow us to tailor our procedures and personalize them to suit each patient’s individual anatomy resulting in improved outcomes and higher levels of patient satisfaction.”

To date, SSMC has successfully treated many patients using the new robotic knee joint replacement tool. The first surgery was for a patient, a 52-year-old man, who traveled from abroad to specifically undergo a knee replacement surgery with Dr. Muath Adi at SSMC. The patient suffered from pain and stiffness in his left knee for more than 30 years, was unable to bend his left knee more than 80 degrees and had severe pain and some deformity in his left knee that he wished to treat. He expressed his gratitude for Dr. Muath’s thorough explanation of the procedure and satisfaction with the results. The patient will continue with his physiotherapy sessions as he returns to his home country and achieves a full recovery.

The second patient, who is a 72-year-old Emirati woman, was unable to walk due to experiencing severe pain in her left knee. Dr. Muath recommended that she undergo the same procedure as it is less invasive and more suited to her condition and age. She is currently progressing well towards a full recovery to resume her daily activities.

The third patient is a 73-year-old Emirati man who was experiencing significant pain in his left knee while walking. Following his procedure, the patient was very satisfied with the surgery result, and is currently adhering to his physiotherapy protocol at home. Also, there were many other patients who benefited from the new robotic Total knee replacement surgery in SSMC.

Setting a new benchmark for knee replacements through these innovative technologies, SSMC provides patients with specialized surgical approaches through pre-operative and intra-operative planning, better implant sizing and balancing patients’ soft tissue more effectively.

Commenting on these recent technological offerings, Dr. Matthew T. Gettman, chief medical officer at SSMC, said: “Providing patients with innovative and holistic health care solutions is at the heart of SSMC’s unique model of care. Our vision of providing complex care lies in our commitment to practice, research and education, and our agile adoption of the latest medical technologies such as robotics and AI. Introducing these advancements to our offering has the potential to transform the standard of patient care in the region and offer patients elevated levels of health and well-being.”

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