Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement in Kansas City

Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement

It’s extremely rare that an acute knee injury might end up needing a knee replacement.

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Understanding the Basics Behind Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement

What is the Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement?

Consistent knee pain resulting from arthritis can greatly hinder your ability to live your life.

Though our first option at Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance, if possible, is to avoid invasive procedures, sometimes surgical treatment is necessary to alleviate symptoms and restore function in the joint.

The providers and surgeons at KCOA pride themselves as leaders in orthopedic knee treatments. As such, our team is always looking for ways to utilize the latest technological advancements in our processes. One of these advancements is the use of robotic assistance for knee joint replacement. If your knee issues progress to the point where a total joint replacement is necessary, robotic assistance is a surgical option that may help enhance the accuracy and placement of your new prosthetic joint and lead to an optimal outcome.

The providers at Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance are adept at finding the necessary treatments to correct any knee issues. Our expert orthopedic knee physicians at Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance have the knowledge required to treat numerous issues, both surgically and non-surgically. When you visit a specialist at KCOA, we focus on creating a treatment plan based on your specific conditions, symptoms, and recovery goals.


Causes of Knee Pain

The body has different kinds of joints, and they all face different challenges. The severity of your knee and leg pain can vary based on a number of factors, including the location and the source of the issue. The knee is a very vulnerable joint in your body that’s susceptible to injury from a forceful motion, as well as the wear and tear, builds up over the years.

Your knee relies on a number of structures to function, including bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. As the years go on, many people struggle with the effects of years of repeated movements, such as walking, running, or jumping. This can result in the need to seek out a total joint replacement from an orthopedic specialist in Kansas City.

When a patient visits one of our KCOA offices, a skilled orthopedic specialist will ask you questions regarding your symptoms, what aggravates/alleviates your symptoms, and whether you have attempted prior therapies. Next comes a thorough physical exam. We will then review any images you bring with you and/or take new images. After determining the cause of your pain, we can then discuss if a robotic-assisted knee replacement will work best for your needs.


Common Signs and Symptoms of Knee & Leg Injuries

With so many different structures working together in your knees, there are many potential causes of pain. And each of those causes has a unique set of symptoms.

Proper robotic-assisted joint replacement techniques can help treat your issues. Though you can treat many knee issues with conservative measures and non-surgical options, sometimes surgery may be necessary if the patient’s knee doesn’t respond to these treatments. Knee injuries can also degenerate based on certain risk factors, such as age, activity level, whether or not you’re obese, and more.

Common symptoms of a joint injury include:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Pain
  • Pain when twisting or rotating the knee
  • An inability to fully straighten your knee
  • A locking sensation when attempting to move your knee

Choosing a robotic-assisted joint replacement in Kansas City is a decision that typically involves guidance from your primary care doctor and orthopedic physician.

When you choose Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance, one of our highly-trained orthopedic knee specialists will conduct an initial evaluation to better understand your condition. After a complete review of your results, your provider will then discuss whether surgery is the best option for you.

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Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance Knee & Leg Injuries Assessment

Assessing the Injury

Determining the proper treatment process for knee and leg injuries starts with an assessment from one of our experienced providers.

You can think of knee pain as a spectrum, with some instances being more severe than others. The KCOA orthopedic specialists always focus on each individual patient and their concerns before creating a treatment plan.

Therefore, during your initial appointment, we will often ask questions such as:

  • Does your pain currently limit you or your activities?
  • Has your pain progressed or worsened recently?
  • Has the malalignment or deformity progressively worsened in the past year?
  • Did you notice or hear a popping sound at the time of your injury?
  • Have you noticed any change in your symptoms that has made it more challenging to function?
  • What are your lifestyle goals?
  • How has pain affected those goals?


From there, we can decide what treatment option will align best with your needs and lifestyle goals. Once we’ve completed a proper assessment, your provider will often begin with a physical examination to help determine the origin point of your pain. In some cases, advanced testing may be required for a full diagnosis.



Also called radiographs, an X-ray captures a picture of the knee. Orthopedic physicians may order an X-ray to rule out the possibility of a fracture (broken bone), osteoarthritis, or other bone-related conditions.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI captures images of muscles, bones, cartilage, and tendons to help provide information other tests can’t detail. During an MRI, you will lie on a table that slides into a tube-shaped scanner. The machine creates a magnetic field around you, using pulsed radio waves to form the MRI images.



CT Scan

A computerized tomography (CT) scan can provide a series of X-ray images taken from the ankle, showing the bones, blood vessels, and soft tissue in your body. This, ultimately, provides more detailed information than a regular X-Ray.


Establishing a Care Plan

Based on the results of your interview, examination, and imaging studies, you can expect a custom care plan catered specifically to you.

Many people believe it’s best to wait until pain becomes severe, leading them to “put off” or delay treatments like a robotic-assisted joint replacement in Kansas City.

If you are in constant discomfort, have shooting or stabbing pains, have limited range of motion, or an inability to perform your daily activities, a robotic-assisted knee replacement may be right for you.

New technologies allow patients with severe knee pain to fully recover and enjoy the benefits of a more functional, pain-free lifestyle.



Prior to surgery, you will typically receive at least 2 phone calls:

  • A hospital registration representative will call to gather insurance and other personal information.
  • A registered nurse will call to review your health history and medication information.

Dependent on your health history, your physician may require:

  • Pre-surgical laboratory tests
  • X-rays
  • Primary care clearance

Pre-operative instructions will vary depending on your physician and the location of your surgery. Always check with your physician before surgery for specific instructions.

Most physicians require that patients not eat or drink after midnight prior to surgery. Additionally, you will need to designate a family member or friend to drive you home on the day you are released from the hospital. Surgical patients cannot drive themselves home.


Day of Surgery

If you schedule your surgery with a KCOA physician, you can expect the following on surgery day: 

  • A receptionist will check you in at the hospital registration desk.
  • A nurse will take you back and prepare you for surgery. They will start an IV, prepare the surgical site, and review your medical history and medications.
  • Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will visit with you prior to your operation.
  • The surgical team will take you to the operation suite for surgery.


How it Works

The length of the procedure will vary based on the individual and the joint being replaced. With that said, most can expect “standard” knee replacement to last under two hours.

The actual process of a total knee replacement is removing the damaged joint an artificial prosthesis. These prosthetics are usually made of metal, plastics, or ceramics and work by mimicking the patterns of healthy joints.

This mimicking is, ultimately, what improves your range of motion. The material used, as well as the geometric shape, will vary based on the individual’s needs. Your age and activity level will determine the type of material needed.

Where robotic assistance comes in is during the procedure itself. By using this technology, our surgeons are capable of improving the accuracy of the prosthetic’s placement, decreasing bone loss and ensuring a better fit. The hope is that this technology will allow providers and staff to provide better care and, ultimately, better long-term results.

Our Process

Treatment Options

Surgical Options

As trusted orthopedic surgeons in Kansas City, our providers are consistently doing what it takes to offer the most advanced treatments. If a patient needs a total knee replacement, they have options to choose a robotic-assisted procedure or a more traditional replacement surgery.

Robotic assistance refers to the usage of technology to enhance the accuracy and placement of the prosthetic in the joint. Throughout the process, your provider is in control of the technology, but the “robotics” helps guide them throughout the entire procedure.

At this time, robotic-assisted joint replacements are exclusively used for the knees and hips. However, as this technology grows and becomes more mainstream, KCOA plans to offer additional robotics-assisted procedures in the future.

Non-Surgical Options

In most cases, surgery is not the first option for treatment at Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance. If we can treat your knee issues with more conservative treatments, we’ll choose those options. We typically exhaust all non-surgical options prior to recommending surgery. 

Non-surgical treatments for knee joint injuries include:

  • Physical Therapy – A trained therapist will focus on the issue that’s causing the pain or symptoms as well as the deficits that are present as a result of degenerative knee issue. Stretches, strengthening exercises, manual soft tissue work and modalities like hot and cold therapy may be used to help you manage your symptoms and improve your function. 
  • Medications – Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Advil) or prescription medications. Especially with NSAIDs, you should always talk to your doctor to ensure they are the right treatment for you. 
  • Stabilization – Stabilization involves the use of braces or other supportive devices to reduce stress, support or unload the affected surfaces of the knee, reducing pain and allowing the joint to function more normally.
  • Injections – Cortisone injections can help reduce inflammation in the shoulder and can even provide additional insight into the cause of your shoulder pain. The amount of relief from an injection varies by patient, but often in combination with physical therapy, patients can experience significant improvements in their function.

Post-Op & What to Expect

The recovery process from any joint replacement surgery greatly varies on a number of factors. Your procedure, age, activity level, and other factors contribute to the length of your recovery. Generally, however, most people can expect to see noticeable improvement to symptoms and function within about 12 weeks after the procedure.

In the aftermath of your knee replacement, taking care of your body is essential. Your provider and your care team will provide you with a post-operative plan to achieve the best results from treatment. This treatment plan may include activities like exercise, mobility work, and physical therapy. If you live a sedentary lifestyle and don’t follow your treatment plan, you may not achieve optimal results.

Additionally, patients can improve their recovery results by taking medications and getting adequate amounts of rest. We expect patients will need to use assistive devices such as a walker, crutches, or cane for a few weeks following the procedure. Finally, make sure that you keep your incision both clean and dry throughout your recovery.

If you have any questions about your specific recovery process, contact your care team and they’ll get all your questions answered.

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Very professional

When you arrive into the office you are greeted by very professional receptionist. Everything about the office is nice and clean as well as when you were called to the back to be placed in the doctors waiting room. Dr. Ting is very professional, well knowledgeable, and very attentive.
Felicia Nelson


The first thing that I noticed was the traffic flow. This may sound strange but people were being seen and sent out on their way. There was not a huge roomful of frustrated, tired patients. If most (I assume) had uncomfortable and or painful maladies, they didn’t have to wait forever for attention. That was how it was for me. Professional and personable patient care.

Jillian Merrill


Shannon was amazing! She took the time give me options and explained everything to great detail. She is also very skilled. Shoulder injection with almost no discomfort!

Matthew Herrman

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Were able to fit us in last minute! Very helpful staff and knowledgeable provider. Very grateful for this practice!

Megan Fisher

Dr. Mark Winston is the best.

Dr. Mark Winston is the best. He is a caring and attentive physician who made a very painful injury so much easier for me. The staff is very professional and do an awesome job.

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