Robotic Joint Replacement Specialist

Nathanael D. Heckmann, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Nathanael D. Heckmann, MD

Adult Reconstruction Orthopedic Surgeon in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Glendale, CA

Advances in robotics and computer navigation are transforming joint replacements, making the procedure safer and more accurate for patients who require these technologies. At his offices in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, and in Glendale, California, near La Cañada, leading orthopedic surgeon Nathanael Heckmann, MD, provides robotic-assisted and computer-navigated joint replacement procedures for many patients. If you need joint replacement surgery, call Dr. Heckmann or schedule a consultation online today to find out if a robotic joint replacement is right for you.

Robotic Joint Replacement Q&A

What is a robotic joint replacement?

Robotic joint replacement uses state-of-the-art robotic equipment to replace a damaged joint. Dr. Heckmann controls the robotic equipment, which provides him with enhanced visibility and accuracy while performing a joint replacement procedure for your knee. 

Computer navigation

Computer navigation tools provide fast and accurate measurements, which allows Dr. Heckmann to plan and place your prosthetic joint accurately. This technology is suitable for most primary and revision hip replacement and works with any surgical approach, including anterior (front), posterior (rear), and lateral (side).

Robotic surgical arm

Robotic-assisted total knee replacement allows Dr. Heckmann to plan your joint replacement accurately. Using the robotic arm, he completes your joint replacement operation using minimally invasive techniques, reducing trauma to the surrounding muscles, connective tissue, and bone, as well as your risk of infection and overall pain.

Robotic joint replacement surgery is an option for many patients. Dr. Heckmann provides comprehensive presurgical consultations and exams to assess your condition and identify the best surgical approach to address your specific needs. 

What happens during a robotic joint replacement?

A robotic joint replacement is similar to a standard joint replacement surgery. However, instead of using handheld surgical instruments, Dr. Heckmann operates the Mako robotic arm to remove the damaged joints and implant your joint replacement parts. 

What are the benefits of robotic joint replacement surgery?

Robotic-assisted surgery allows Dr. Heckmann to complete your joint replacement more accurately and safely, particularly for challenging anatomical deformities. Some of the benefits of robotic joint replacement include:

  • Reduced hospital stay
  • Less need for pain medication
  • Less pain
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced risk of infection

Robotic joint replacement surgery may lead to a shorter surgery and more rapid recovery for select patients. You need fewer physical therapy sessions to regain your full strength and range of motion, so you can get back to your regular activities and experience less disruption to your life overall. 

If you need a joint replacement, call Dr. Heckmann or make an appointment online to learn more about robotic joint replacement and if it’s the right option for you.