What are the postoperative considerations for orthopedic robot-assisted orthopedic surgery


The matter of performing orthopedic surgery with the help of surgical robots sounds far-fetched, but in fact many hospitals are currently equipped with this capability. Patients can choose whether to operate with the help of an orthopedic surgery robot according to their actual situation, or follow the advice of experts.

With the aid of an orthopedic surgery robot, only a few tiny incisions are usually needed during surgery, significantly reducing the amount of bleeding and the amount of radiation the patient receives. It also speeds up post-operative recovery and reduces the length of hospital stay and complications.

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In March this year, a patient with lumbar vertebral compression fracture at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University was able to turn over on his own under the guidance of medical care the next day after receiving surgery guided by the PAI Medical orthopedic surgery robot, and was able to move to the ground earlier under the protection of the lumbar girth, with a significant reduction in pain and a significant improvement in activity compared to the preoperative period.

What are the postoperative considerations for orthopaedic robot-assisted orthopaedic surgery? The following items are worthy of attention.

(1) Maintain a good postoperative position

After surgery, follow the doctor’s advice and maintain a fixed period of lying down. For patients under general anesthesia, the head should be tilted to one side, and for patients after limb surgery, the operated limb must be elevated or traction should be applied.

(2) Postoperative diet should be paid special attention to

If the patient feels thirsty, use a cotton swab dipped in cold boiled water to coat the lips to temporarily relieve thirst. 5 hours or so after the patient wakes up from anesthesia, first drink a small sip of warm water, if there is no nausea and vomiting, that is, you can start a small amount of liquid diet, slowly transition to semi-fluid or universal food, diet is appropriate to enter the collagen, trace elements and vitamin-rich food, avoid smoking, alcohol, prohibit spicy, greasy food and Avoid smoking, alcohol, spicy, greasy food and hair.

(3) Strict postoperative wound management

Do not remove the gauze covering the wound at will, and do not touch the wound with your hands or wash it with water, keep the wound clean and dry. If there is such a situation, you should tell the doctor and nurse in time, and strive to give timely and proper treatment.

(4) Be active early after surgery

Get out of bed or do bed activities appropriately under the guidance of the doctor (it takes 2-3 days after conventional surgery, and even less after robotic surgery) to promote blood circulation, restore gastrointestinal function, improve appetite, prevent complications and promote wound healing.

Perlove orthopedic surgery assisted by the orthopedic robot

(5) Master the best time to remove stitches

The stitches should be removed 10 to 12 days after the surgery of the limbs, and for the surgery of the joints and their vicinity, it is more appropriate to remove the stitches 13 to 15 days after the surgery; for the elderly, weak, anemic or with complications, the removal time should be extended appropriately.

(6) Other precautions

The patient’s body resistance is low after surgery, so attention should be paid to keeping warm and preventing colds, while paying attention to avoiding light, keeping quiet, allowing the patient to rest quietly and recovering strength.

If there is any unclear problem, ask the attending doctor in time and get the correct answer before proper treatment


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