hunova as a tool in rehabilitation following robotic knee arthroplasty
Our clinic embraces knee arthroplasty robotic technique, which consists of using a robotic system to support the surgeon’s choices during the application of the implant and elaborate the correct surgical instructions useful for positioning the prosthesis in the right place and balancing it perfectly. As a result, patients who undergo robotic knee arthroplasty surgery have much faster recovery times than those operated with conventional techniques. After the surgery, another robotic device supports physiotherapists who take care of the rehabilitation process: hunova allows to evaluate and practice postural control, stability and functional movements using different exercises both in standing and seated positions. This case study aims to share a preliminary experience on the use of hunova for assessment and training after knee arthroplasty. Our aim was to investigate the best way to introduce the robotic device hunova in the post-surgery rehabilitation program. At first, we compared traditional therapy to the one adding hunova to assure the clinical outcome. Afterwards we explored differences between a non-robotic conventional protocol and an experimental rehabilitation protocol including hunova as a robotic training and assessment device. The purpose of this activity was to examine the effect of a robotic rehabilitation program among patients after knee arthroplasty surgery.