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Robotic Surgery


Flinders Private Hospital acquired the Mako™ Orthopaedic Robotic-Arm System in March 2018.

The Mako™ Orthopaedic Robotic-Arm provides surgeons with an innovative treatment option for suitable patients requiring a Total Knee Replacement or Total Hip Replacement.

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 and is an advancement of a current technology using computer navigation to assist positioning of a joint replacement implant.

Robotic assisted joint replacement is a relatively new technology, though it has been in use overseas for more than 10 years.

Robotic Knee Replacement may allow:

  • Improved alignment, component positioning and soft tissue balancing
  • Less bone removal
  • Improvement in quality of life measures

Robotic Hip Replacement may allow:

  • Accurate component placement
  • Improved functional outcomes

How does it work?

  1. The patient is assessed by the surgeon and deemed an appropriate candidate for joint replacement surgery
  2. A specialised CT scan of the limb is performed to map bone anatomy and alignment
  3. A pre-operative surgical plan including implant positioning and sizing is developed by the robotic software and reviewed by the surgeon
  4. The surgeon-controlled robotic arm aids in implant positioning during surgery to achieve the desired plan. The robotic arm is held by the surgeon and provides live visual image feedback and haptic (tactile) feedback.

Who is a candidate for Robotic Assisted Joint Replacement?

All patients who are suitable for joint replacement may be suitable for Robotic Surgery. Your Orthopaedic Surgeon will discuss your suitability for Robotic Surgery.

What is the average hospital stay?

Most patients are in hospital for only 2-3 days after Robotic Surgery.

What is the recovery time?

Recovery after surgery depends on a multitude of factors, mainly related to the patient’s pre-operative strength, weight, stiffness, and general medical health.

For further information on the Mako™ Orthopaedic Robotic-Arm System please visit: strykercare.com.au/home

The surgeons currently credentialed to use the Mako™ Orthopaedic Robotic-Arm System at Flinders Private Hospital are:

  • Dr Mark Inglis
  • Dr Luke Mooney
  • Dr Anthony Samson
  • Dr Jason Ward
  • Dr Chris Wilson

™Mako is a trademark of Stryker

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