What to expect from patients after orthopedic robot-assisted surgery?

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Performing orthopedic surgeries with the help of surgical robots may sound far-fetched, but many hospitals now have this capability. Patients can choose whether or not to use an orthopedic surgical robot to perform their surgery, depending on their actual situation, or on the advice of a specialist.

With the aid of an orthopedic surgical robot, surgery usually requires only a few tiny incisions, significantly reducing the amount of bleeding and the amount of radiation the patient receives. This significantly reduces the amount of bleeding and the amount of radiation the patient receives, as well as speeding up the recovery from the surgery, reducing hospitalization time and complications.

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This year, a patient with lumbar vertebral compression fracture, after receiving Perlove Medical orthopedic surgery robot guidance to complete the surgery, the next day under the guidance of medical care can be carried out on their own to turn over, and under the protection of the lumbar girdle to go down to the ground activities earlier, the level of pain is significantly reduced, and the activity is significantly improved compared with the pre-operative.

So what are the postoperative precautions for orthopedic robot-assisted orthopedic surgery? The following items are worth paying attention to.

(1) Maintain a good postoperative position

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

(2) Postoperative diet should be paid special attention to

Within 5 hours after the operation, food and water are forbidden, if the patient feels thirsty, a cotton swab can be dipped in cold boiled water and applied to the lips to temporarily relieve the thirst. 5 hours after the patient wakes up from anesthesia, the patient will drink a small mouthful of warm boiled water first, and if there is no nausea and vomiting, the patient can start to eat a small amount of fluid diet, and then slowly transition to semi-fluid or general food, and the patient is advised to eat food rich in collagen, microelements and vitamins, and avoid smoking and alcohol, and forbid eating spicy, greasy foods and avoid smoking, alcohol, spicy, greasy food and hair products.

(3) Strict postoperative wound management

Don’t remove the gauze covering the wound at will, not to mention touching the wound with hands or washing it with water, and keep the wound clean and dry. If there is any such case, the doctor and nurse should be informed in time, so as to seek for timely and proper treatment.

(4) Early activity after surgery

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

(5) Mastering the best time to remove stitches

Limbs 10 to 12 days after surgery to remove the stitches, joints and nearby surgery, in the postoperative 13 to 15 days to remove the stitches is more appropriate; old, weak, anemic or have complications, should be appropriate to extend the time to remove the stitches.

(6) Other Precautions

The patient’s body resistance is low after the operation, should pay attention to keep warm, prevent cold, at the same time pay attention to avoid light, keep quiet, let the patient lie down to rest and recover strength.

If there are any unclear questions, the patient should ask the attending doctor in time and get the correct answer before proper treatment.

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