Flinders Private Hospital acquired a Mako Orthopaedic Robotic-Arm System in March 2018, providing surgeons with an innovative treatment option for total knee or hip replacements.
Robotic surgery utilises computer-assisted planning combined with a robotic arm guided by your surgeon, as a means to insert a joint replacement prosthesis.
The major aim is to assist the surgeon in achieving highly accurate placement of a hip or knee prosthesis.
Robotic knee replacement may allow improved alignment, component positioning and soft tissue balancing, as well as less bone removal and an improvement in quality of life measures.
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While robotic hip replacement may allow accurate component placement and improved functional outcomes.
A patient must be assessed by a surgeon and deemed an appropriate candidate for joint replacement surgery before a specialised CT scan of the limb is performed to map bone anatomy and alignment.
Then a pre-operative surgical plan, including implant positioning and sizing, is developed by the robotic software and reviewed by the surgeon.
The surgeon-controlled robotic arm aids in implant positioning during surgery to achieve the desired plan.
Patients suitable for joint replacement may be suitable for robotic surgery.
Recovery times vary from patient to patient – and often correlate with a patient’s pre-operative strength, weight, stiffness, and general medical health – but most are in hospital for just two or three days after surgery.