Research is Driving Robotic-Assisted Surgery at Ortho Rhode Island


While Ortho Rhode Island believes in orthopedic care that puts patients first, their providers also know that great outcomes are driven by hard data. Their commitment to evidence-based quality and research undergirds Ortho Rhode Island’s innovative approach to orthopedics, including their pioneering work with robotic-assisted surgery, in partnership with South County Health.

A recent study, titled Results of Robotic-Assisted Versus Manual Total Knee Arthroplasty at 2-Year Follow-up and co-authored by Ortho Rhode Island surgeon Robert Marchand, indicates that patients who undergo robotic-assisted total knee arthroplasty (TKA) – commonly known as joint replacement – may have improved two-year postoperative outcomes.

The study compares 80 robotic-assisted TKAs with 80 manual versions of the procedure, evaluating aseptic survivorship of the implant, pain and physical function levels, surgical and medical complications, and the occurrence of radiolucencies – dark areas that appear on patient x-rays postoperatively.

These outcomes offer encouraging news for current and prospective patients. Over the course of the study, robotic-assisted TKA patients demonstrated improved two-year postoperative outcomes when compared with manual patients, experiencing significantly improved aseptic failure rates and better mean pain and mean physical function.

And although Ortho Rhode Island providers are always striving for new and even better ways to deliver great orthopedic care, these results are further evidence that Ortho Rhode Island’s forward-thinking approach is already paying off for patients.

Read the full study.