Conway Medical Center has a new way to keep community members moving thanks to robotic-assisted knee surgery. It’s performed using robotic-arm technology that allows your surgeon to precisely perform surgery through a smaller incision as compared to traditional knee replacement surgery. If you are curious about this new surgery, Dr. Christian Eccles, MD with CMC Orthopaedics is breaking down this innovative surgery for you. He is one of two doctors offering this robotic surgical option at CMC, the #1 hospital in the state for Medical Excellence in Orthopedic Care in rakings by by CareChex®.
What is knee surgery like with a robot?
A knee replacement procedure replaces worn out, diseased, or damaged surfaces of the knee joint with artificial implants. “I’m using the ROSA Knee system as a robotic assistant to establish a more precise viewpoint and more personalized surgical approach for my patients,” said Dr. Eccles. “This technology allows me to create a 3D model of a patient’s knee that I can then use to create a plan for their surgery. Every surgery is unique and this technology takes advantage of that in a very different way than a traditional knee replacement does.”
The robotic assistant takes a series of X-rays and CT scans to determine the damaged areas of your knee joint and creates a 3D model of your knee’s anatomy. This model enables Dr. Eccles to plan many specifics related to your knee replacement including what areas to remove and precisely where to place the new knee implant. During your surgery, damaged portions of your femur bone will be cut at appropriate angles using jigs. Dr. Eccles will then cut and shave the damaged parts of your tibia and cartilage to prepare them for the implants. Throughout the process, Dr. Eccles will use the camera and optical trackers of the robotic assistant to provide him with data about your knee and to help position the implant.
“There are many benefits to a robotic-assisted joint replacement,” explained Dr. Eccles, who is currently the only surgeon in the Grand Strand region certified in performing both robotic hip and robotic knee replacements. “The robot is a tool that helps me carry out a patient’s specific surgical plan with exactness. It allows for more precise placement of the implants within half of a millimeter and half of the degrees. All of this can lead to a more rapid recovery and increase the longevity of the implants. The goal is to provide every patient with an optimal outcome following their hip or knee replacement surgery.”
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If you are suffering from debilitating knee pain and other methods are no longer helping you control it, maybe it’s time to consider knee replacement. Dr. Eccles can help explain the non-surgical and surgical options, including robotic-assisted surgery, that are available to you to get you back to the activities and life you love. Contact Dr. Eccles with CMC Orthopaedics at 843-347-8041 or request an appointment today. He would consider it a privilege to care for you.
Meet the orthopedic surgeons performing robotic surgeries
Fellowship trained in Hip and Knee orthopaedic surgery at Indiana University Health
Dr. Christian J. Eccles completed his undergraduate education at Weber State University in his hometown of Ogden, Utah. He graduated summa cum laude and was able to dissect cadavers and teach other students anatomy in the lab for two years. He went on to earn his medical degree from Texas Tech University Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed a 5-year Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Dr. Eccles specializes in hip and knee replacements, including complex primary and revision joint replacements. Dr. Eccles works with CMC Orthopaedics.
Fellowship trained in orthopedic adult reconstructive surgery at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute
Dr. Tyler Noble, DO attended Virginia Tech for his undergraduate studies in biology and earned his medical degree from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. In York, Pennsylvania, Dr. Noble began his orthopedic surgery residency training at Memorial Hospital and finished his residency at WellSpan York Hospital. He went on to receive a year of additional specialty training in orthopedic adult reconstructive surgery by completing a fellowship at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Noble works with OrthoSC.