What are the postoperative precautions for orthopedic robot-assisted orthopedic surgery?

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The use of surgical robots to perform orthopedic surgery sounds far away, but in fact many hospitals currently have this capability. Patients can choose whether to use orthopedic surgical robots to perform surgery according to their own actual conditions or follow the advice of experts.

With the assistance of orthopedic surgical robots, only a few tiny incisions are usually required during surgery, which significantly reduces the amount of bleeding and radiation dose received by patients. In addition, it also speeds up postoperative recovery, reduces hospital stay and complications.

Surgical robot planning image

Surgical robot planning image

In March of this year, a patient with lumbar vertebral compression fractures in the Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, after receiving the guidance of Pu Ai Medical’s orthopedic surgery robot to complete the operation, was able to turn over on his own the next day under the guidance of doctors and nurses. Under the protection of the waist circumference, I went to the ground for activities earlier, the pain was significantly reduced, and the activities were significantly improved compared with before the operation.

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

(1) Maintain a good postoperative posture

Follow the doctor’s advice after the operation and keep lying down for a fixed time. For patients under general anesthesia, the head should be turned to one side. For patients after limb surgery, the operated limb must be raised or tractioned.

(2) Special attention should be paid to diet after surgery

Fasting within 5 hours after the operation, if the patient feels thirsty, use a cotton swab dipped in cold boiled water to smear the lips to temporarily relieve thirst. About 5 hours after the patient wakes up from anesthesia, drink a small sip of warm water first. If there is no nausea and vomiting, you can start a small amount of liquid diet and gradually transition to semi-fluid or regular diet. The diet should be rich in collagen, trace elements and vitamins. Avoid smoking, alcohol, spicy, greasy food and hair.

(3) Strict postoperative wound management

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

(4) Early activities after surgery

Properly get out of bed or do bed activities under the guidance of a doctor (conventional surgery takes 2-3 days, and robotic surgery is shorter) to promote blood circulation, restore gastrointestinal function, increase appetite, prevent complications, and promote wound healing.

Orthopedic surgery assisted by Puai Orthopedics robot

(5) Master the best time to remove stitches

The sutures should be removed 10 to 12 days after the operation on the limbs, and 13 to 15 days after the operation on the joints and its vicinity. The time for removing the stitches should be extended appropriately for the elderly, frail, anemic or with complications.

(6) Other precautions

After the operation, the patient’s body resistance is low, and attention should be paid to keeping warm to prevent catching a cold. At the same time, avoid light, keep quiet, and let the patient lie down and rest to restore physical strength.

If you have any unclear questions, you should ask the attending doctor in time, and handle them properly after getting the correct answer.

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