The Princess Grace Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in the UK to offer robotic assisted procedures for those needing partial hip and knee replacements and the first to offer total knee replacements due to osteoarthritis, in the UK.
8.75 million people in the UK have sought treatment for Osteoarthritis1 . It is the most common form of arthritis in the UK and affects 33% of those 45 years and over. Though osteoarthritis can cause pain in all joints within the human body, it is mostly found in the knee and hips (over 6.5 million people in the UK1).
Many people suffering from osteoarthritis, do not necessarily need joint surgery, and can usually be treated with creams, painkillers, injections or even treatments such as Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) which can ease symptoms of pain.
For those suffering from degenerative arthritis however, sometimes surgery is the only option.
MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted technology
Our MAKO robot allows our specialist orthopaedic surgeons to remove the diseased bone from the hip or knee whilst preserving the surrounding healthy bone and tissue. It also allows our surgeons to place in the implants more accurately and with minimal differences in length compared to traditional methods.
Whilst currently not substituting conventional methods of hip and knee replacements, the MAKO robot does have its advantages:
- Smaller surgical incisions
- Fewer complications due to the pre-planned surgical pathway
- Less pain and faster recovery times, getting you mobile and returning to your active life
- Longer lasting implants resulting from accurate placement, giving greater patient satisfaction and less return visits for replacements
How does the MAKO procedure work?
Before the surgery, you will have a CT scan which generates a 3D virtual model of the area to be operated on. This model is used to create a surgical plan, unique to you, and will indicate the optimal size and placement of your implants.
During the operation, the robotic system guides the surgeon, preventing them from moving outside the pre-defined boundaries of the plan (however, the surgeon can alter this ‘in surgery’ as necessary based on real-time information).