Canberra Orthopaedic Surgeons Introduce Robotic Technology To Assist In The Operating Theatre

Mako Robotic System- Arm Assisted Technology is transforming the way joint replacement surgeries are being performed. it ensure the accurate placement.

Online PR News – 07-February-2018 – Deakin/ACT – The MAKO robotic system is a carefully controlled robotic arm that aids surgeons in the placement of prosthetic components in a partial knee replacement, making the operation more accurate and safe.

Robotic assisted orthopaedic surgery is an exciting new development for patients requiring partial knee placement, and was introduced in Australia in 2015, with Canberra getting on board in 2017.

Canberra Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Joseph Smith (MBBS, FRACS) says that when it comes to preparing for the robotics assisted surgery, not much changes for the patient when compared to traditional methods.

“The main difference from a patient’s point of view is that a pre-operative CT scan is needed to plan the procedure. Traditionally, the surgeon relied purely on an X-ray to plan a partial knee replacement,” he said.

“When performing robotic assisted surgery, planning for the procedure is done by specialist team in collaboration with the surgeon. They work together to determine the optimal position for the components.

“Once the surgery begins, the surgeon exposes the knee joint in the standard way. Trackers are placed on the femur and tibia, allowing the robot to register the bones. Once the robot understand the geometry, it creates a three dimensional plan that matches the CT scan. The robotic arm has a burr attached to perform precision cuts for the partial knee replacement.”

Robotic assisted surgery is a big step forward in patient care in orthopaedic surgery, due to its ability to perform surgery more tailored to the individual patient, allowing the surgeon to preserve healthy bone and soft tissue and take away only the diseased portions.

While it may seem daunting to have a robot performing surgery, Dr Smith says patients can rest assured that the surgeon is still in control.

“Although the robot is constraining the surgeon to execute the plan, the surgeon remains in charge at all times. The surgeon continues to carry all responsibility for the success of the operation.”

Rather than taking over, the MAKO robotic system ensures that the surgeon operates only within the area defined before the surgery, and helps prevent the surgeon moving outside those boundaries, helping to ensure accurate placement and alignment of the prosthesis.

For more information, visit Canberra Orthopaedic