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Robotic assisted orthopaedic surgery

Could a robotic-assisted hip or knee replacement be right for you?

Burnside Hospital acquired the state-of-the-art MAKOplasty® Robotic Assisted Joint Replacement in Nov 2015 and our three accredited surgeons have since then conducted over 700 procedures, making our hospital and clinical team the most experienced with this MAKO robot in SA private hospitals.

Two additional surgeons were accredited in 2018 to undertake robotic procedures at Burnside Hospital, further increasing the capacity of the robotic program at Burnside.

Robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery is an innovative procedure that allows surgeons to use minimally-invasive techniques and achieve high levels of accuracy.

Now with over 600 successful ortho-robotic procedures carried out so far at Burnside Hospital by four accredited orthopaedic surgeons; Dr Robert Baird, Dr Robert Fassina, Dr Andrew Morris and Dr Justin Munt, you can rest assured that you are in excellent hands. This proven and leading technology has been used throughout the world, for over 12 years and complements our hospital's range of orthopaedic surgery treatment options.

Further Information:

For more information on robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery, click to visit the Adelaide Hip and Knee Centre website.

How does it work?

The system enables the surgeon to customise with excellent precision the surgical procedure for your unique knee or hip.

Before your surgery, a three-dimensional anatomical model of your knee or hip is created from a CT scan. This enables the surgeon to plan precisely the size, placement and alignment of your implants before surgery and helps to accurately position them. The robotic arm provides measurements and visualisation of your unique anatomy. This enables the surgeon to adjust and customise to your particular needs throughout surgery.

As the surgeon manipulates the robotic arm, its tactile, auditory and visual feedback or guidance to facilitate minimal bone removal. It provides for real time adjustments and implant positioning and placement for each individual patient. Other systems only offer a navigated instrument that does not provide any intelligent feedback to the surgeon.

What procedures are available using the MAKOplasty® Robotic Assisted Joint Replacement at Burnside Hospital?

Partial knee replacement (commonly referred to as a Unicompartmental Knee Replacement)
Hip replacement
Full knee replacement

What are the possible benefits of MAKOplasty® Robotic Assisted Joint Replacement?

The benefits of this treatment option can include:

  • A minimally invasive procedure
  • Fast recovery and return to normal activities
  • Little post-operative pain

More information:

More information:

For more information about robotic assisted orthopaedic surgery at Burnside Hospital and whether you are suitable for this surgical treatment option, please phone (08) 7325 4800 or visit the Adelaide Hip and Knee Centre website at

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