What is Robotic Assisted Surgery?

Robotic assisted surgery is a very exciting field in Orthopaedics and one we are thrilled to offer! Robotic assisted surgery involves the use of a robotic hand piece or arm to allow very accurate planning and subsequent placement of implants. The procedures are still carried out by surgeons. The technology is there to aid doctors – not replace them – and is guided by their hands. Currently this can be used for both hip and knee replacement surgery.

How does the MAKO® system work?

The practice offers the MAKO® Robotic Assisted Surgery system that works alongside the surgeon to improve accuracy and precision. 

  1. A personalised surgical plan unique to you and your anatomy: You’ll have a CT scan taken of your knee joint before the operation. The MAKO® software uses this to create a virtual model of your joint. Your surgeon then uses this model to design an individualised plan for surgery
  2. Continued Assessment: Throughout the procedure, MAKO® sends real-time data to the surgeon. This means they can constantly assess the plan and make changes if and when necessary.
  3. Accurate Bone Removal: As the surgeon guides the robotic arm to remove damaged bone and cartilage MAKO® creates a virtual boundary to protect the healthy parts. This helps your surgeon stay within the boundaries of the plan.  
  4. Precise Implant Placement: The MAKO® technology also helps to place your implant (prosthesis), offering greater accuracy than conventional methods

What are the benefits of Robotic Assisted Surgery?

This type of surgery allows very precise measurement and planning of the position of the implant. With the aid of robotic assisted surgery there is more accurate placement of implants. Early studies suggest that this leads to improved range of movement, improved functional outcome and earlier return to activities and work. Furthermore, Studies show that people who have had robotic-arm assisted knee replacements experience less pain in the days and weeks after their operations.

What are the potential complications of Robotic Assisted Surgery?

As with any joint replacement surgery there are inherent risks of the operation including infection, fatal pulmonary embolism, fracture, damage to nerves and blood vessels. Specifically with robotic surgery, two pins need to be placed above and below the joint, involving additional small incisions.  The risk of complications relating to these pins, such as infection, is very low.  Early findings suggest that robotic assisted surgery is actually safer than more conventional joint replacement surgery.

Who is suitable for Robotic Assisted Surgery?

If you are contemplating joint replacement surgery please discuss this option with Mr Hoad-Reddick during your consultation. Alternatively, please contact the team here at HR Orthopaedics on 0161 722 0007.