What is Robotic Assisted Surgery?

Robotic assisted surgery is a very exciting new field in Orthopaedics. It has been commonly used in other specialities particularly in neurological surgery with great success. Robotically assisted surgery involves the use of a robotic hand piece or arm to allow very accurate planning and subsequent placement of implants. Currently this can be used for both hip and knee replacement surgery.

What are the benefits of Robotic Assisted Surgery?

This type of surgery allows very precise measurement and planning of the operative procedure. It then allows the operative plan to be actioned very accurately with placement of implants within half a mm. The downside of conventional knee replacements is reduced accuracy relying on human judgement.  With the aid of robotic assisted surgery we are seeing consistently more accurate placement of implants which early studies suggest does lead to improved range of movement, improved functional outcome and early return to activities and work.

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 knee, involving an additional small incision.  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?

There are no major contraindications to Robotic Assisted Surgery. Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss this with Mr Hoad-Reddick during your consultation or contact the team here at HR Orthopaedics on 0161 722 0007.