Birmingham’s Royal Orthopaedic Hospital announced last week it has invested in robotic-arm assisted surgery for the first time.
The hospital, home to one of the largest specialist orthopaedic surgery units in Europe, has confirmed it has invested in new robotic-arm assisted hip replacement technology following support from the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN).
The advanced Stryker Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery transforms the way joint replacement surgery is performed and allows surgeons to operate with even more accuracy.
Tony Davis, Commercial Director for the WMAHSN, was involved from the start in this adoption of innovative robotic technology, supporting the collaboration between the trust and the orthopaedics manufacturer Stryker.
He said: “As members of WMAHSN I was delighted to provide support and advice to The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital regarding the initial technology adoption, advising on the commercial considerations and identifying prospective funding support, around the ROH’s introduction of robotic assisted orthopaedic surgery into the UK.”
Professor Edward Davis, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, said: “The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has been pioneering care in the field of orthopaedics since its inception and this investment in leading-edge technology represents another exciting chapter in that story.
“Using a virtual 3D model, Mako allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively. During surgery, we can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm to execute that plan.
“It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology to in our newly created Woodlands Suite offering state-of-the-art care to patients at every step of their journey through the process from planning to post-operative recuperation and care.”