OMNIBotics - FAQ

Q. What role does robotics play in the OMNIBotics™ procedure?

A. APEX Robotic Technology helps maximize the surgeon’s ability to execute the surgical plan. The surgical plan is customized during the procedure by the surgeon to optimize implant placement for every patient's anatomy. The robotic element positions the bone cutting guide precisely as directed by the surgeon's plan, and the surgeon executes the procedure.

Q. How does OMNIBotics compare to “patient-specific” procedures?

A. Patient specific cutting guides or patient specific implants base surgical plans and implant placement on pre-operative CT scans, MRIs, and X-rays. They offer little flexibility, if the surgeon encounters unforeseen differences during the operation due to changes in anatomy between the scan date and the day of surgery. OMNIBotic joint replacment gives the surgeon flexibility to make fine-tuning adjustments during the operation and provides real time interactive assessment of your joint function.

Q. What about the other robotic knee replacement procedures available?

A. Chances are that if you’re a candidate for a knee resurfacing procedure, you will need total knee replacement. Launched in 2010, OMNIBotics has the most clinical history of any robotic-assisted total knee replacement solution on the market. The procedure couples robotic technology with high performance implants to help minimize the chance of needing further surgery.

Q. What benefit does an OMNIBotics procedure provide to me as compared with conventional total knee replacement?

A. Computers have improved how we perform complex tasks in our daily lives, and this includes joint replacement surgery. Traditional knee replacement often relies on manual instruments and imperfect visual assessments. OMNIBotics uses specialized tools along with a computer to achieve results with greater accuracy and precision.* For those undergoing total knee replacement surgery, this means a better chance of improved knee implant alignment which could extend the life of the implant as well as improve knee joint functionality.