ROBOTIC ASSISTED JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY
“It’s fascinating how technology has changed the way we approach problems. The advanced pre-operative imaging, paired with real-time adjustments during surgery with the application of a robotic arm makes surgery simpler, more precise, and reproducible for the surgeon. It has helped me immensely, particularly for complex cases.”
— Dr Kau
Joint replacement surgery is complex. During the surgery, the surgeon removes damaged cartilage and bone, realigns the limb, and places a new implant to reduce pain and restore motion in your joint. Over the years, techniques including computer navigation have been the backbone to ensuring accuracy during surgery.
Robotic assisted surgery has been described by some experts in the field as a “game changer” in Orthopaedics. Increasingly, more patients are aware of this option and have opted for a robotic assisted surgery.
Dr Kau has been performing robotic assisted partial knee, total knee and total hip replacement surgery since 2018.
CT based 3D modelling software maps the anatomy of your knee. It creates an individual plan for your surgery, allowing the surgeon to decide what size of implant and where exactly to place within the bone – all before you reach the operating theatre.
The highly calibrated robot arm is accurate to within a fraction of a millimetre. The robot arm can execute the planned bone cuts with accuracy, yet provide tactile feedback to the surgeon to prevent cuts outside the desired boundary. It has demonstrated less soft tissue damage and greater bone preservation.
Despite sounding futuristic, MAKOplasty has been around since 2006. To date, more than 500,000 MAKO procedures have been carried out worldwide, You can find more than 50 peer reviewed clinical publications on the technology, with increasing evidence to suggest improved outcomes for patients.
People often misunderstand that the surgery is handed over to a robot. It couldn’t be further from the truth. The surgeon is always in control of the robot, and can override the robot at any time. As the official name “Robotic-arm Assisteed Surgery” suggests, the robot acts as an intelligent assistant in planning and execution of the surgery.
Contact us for more information. The above material is meant for educational purposes. Consult your surgeon if this procedure is suitable for you.