Robot reaches 100th knee replacement
Circle Bath Hospital recently celebrated performing over 100 successful knee replacements using a state-of-the-art robotic assisted technique.
The Stryker Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery offers patients a higher level of alignment and positioning during surgery, resulting in speedier recovery and reduced post-operative pain.
Having completed his 100th knee replacement, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and knee specialist Mr Neil Bradbury commented: “The use of the latest technology allows my practice to deliver the gold standard of knee replacement surgery.
“We take a preoperative CT scan and combine this with the Mako technology to provide a unique pre-op plan for each one of my patients.”
Mr Bradbury continued: “Using 3D image mapping and the robotic-arm, I am able to perform knee replacement surgery with an unrivalled level of accuracy.”
During the procedure the surgeon guides the robotic-arm within a predefined area, based on the original pre-op plan.
With the system helping the surgeon to stay within the defined boundaries, they can deliver a more accurate placement and alignment of the implant.
Speaking with the Circle Bath’s Hospital Director, Lesley Lock, it became clear that robotic assisted surgery is in fact here to stay.
Lesley stated: “I would like to congratulate Mr Bradbury and our surgical teams who have impressively achieved over 100 robotic cases within the last two years.
“To achieve this so quickly is a credit to their commitment to providing innovative care.
“Accomplishing this milestone during a national pandemic shows a fantastic team effort from all at Circle Bath.
“We have invested in the latest technology to enable us to transform the care that we offer to our patients.
“Combining our highly experienced surgeons with the latest innovative technologies is an important part of our hospital becoming a healthcare centre of excellence.”
The hospital, which is rated outstanding by the CQC for its quality of care, is the first and only hospital in Bath to offer Stryker’s pioneering Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery.
However, knee replacement surgery is not the only procedure supported by the robot as Lesley explained: “The equipment assists hip replacement surgery too.
“In the same week as our 100th robotic knee replacement took place, we also had Orthopaedic Hip & Knee Surgeon Mr Sam Heaton perform his first two procedures utilising this technique.
“Both of Mr Heaton’s patients were safely discharged and are well on their way to a full recovery.”
Mr Sam Heaton also performed his first two procedures using the pioneering technique in the same week
The celebrated Stryker Mako robotic-arm