Burnside Hospital acquired the state-of-the-art MAKOplasty® Robotic Assisted Joint Replacement in December 2015. It enables surgeons trained and accredited to use this technology to offer robotic total hip replacement (robotic hip surgery) and robotic partial knee replacement (robotic knee surgery) to suitable patients.
This proven and leading technology has been used throughout the world over the past 10 years and complements our hospital’s range of orthopaedic surgery treatment options.
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 optimal 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 – scheduled for 2017
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
- Evidence based results (view here)
The three surgeons currently accredited to use the robot to perform robotic knee surgery and robotic hip surgery at Burnside are Drs Robert Baird, Rob Fassina and Justin Munt.
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 www.orthorobotics.com.au