From Conservative Treatment to Robot-Assisted Joint Replacement
Invitation to a Patient Event on September 19, 2023, on Treatment Options for Arthritis – Live Demonstration of the New Surgical Robot
Arthritis is one of the most common diseases worldwide. To this day, joint wear and tear cannot be cured; only the symptoms and associated limitations can be treated. When all conservative treatment options have been exhausted, and significant daily life limitations persist, joint replacement surgery can help those affected. Interested individuals can learn which method is suitable for them and why robot-assisted surgery is particularly precise and tissue-friendly at an information event featuring a live demonstration of the new surgical robot from the Trauma Surgery and Orthopedic Clinic (Director: Prof. Dr. Mario Perl) at the University Hospital Erlangen. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM in the large auditorium, Medical Lecture Halls, Ulmenweg 18 in Erlangen. Admission is free, and a light snack will be provided; no registration is required.
Since the summer of 2023, Trauma Surgery and Orthopedics have had access to the revolutionary surgical assistance system for artificial joint replacement, the Mako SmartRobotics system from Stryker. This system allows for even safer, more precise, and individualized surgical procedures. Using CT scans and innovative computer software, doctors plan the artificial joint in advance in a digital and three-dimensional manner. During the procedure, a special robot arm assists the surgeons in implanting the prosthesis with pinpoint accuracy to within a tenth of a millimeter.
Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Marcel Betsch, Head of the Orthopedics Department, the team offers patients and interested individuals the opportunity to learn in-depth about conservative and surgical treatment options, especially robot-assisted joint replacement for symptomatic arthritis. “Our goal is to offer you the best possible, tailored therapy so that you can actively participate in life again,” emphasizes Prof. Betsch, who will deliver a lecture on the topic of “Possibilities of Surgical Joint Replacement.” Following the subsequent live demonstration of the new surgical robot, Marcel Betsch will be available to answer questions from those affected and interested individuals during a discussion session.