A Leeds hospital has become the first in the north of England to offer new state-of-the-art surgical robotic technology.
Surgoens at Nuffield Health Hospital can now use a ‘robotic arm’ on private patients who need total hip replacements or knee replacements.
The revolutionary techology was first developed in the USA in 2006 but hospital bosses say it is new to healthcare in the UK.
Leeds is the only city in the north to have the robot - created by a company called Stryker - which aims to improve the accuracy and precision of the procedures.
It works by first using a 3D image, created through the patient’s own CT scan, to plan the exact size and orientation of the implant to be fitted.
The robotic arm then uses this information to precisely remove the bone and fit the implant - all under the control of the surgeon.
Health chiefs say the method reduces the risk of surgical errors in bone preparation and placement of the implants.
Jon Conroy, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Nuffield, said: “The Mako robotic arm uses state-of-the-art technology to aid surgeons with consistent and accurate positioning of joint implants.
“I believe this consistency will allow optimal performance of the joint and reduce the small number of patients who have ongoing pain, leg length discrepancy or dislocation after replacement.
“This investment in technology allows patients at the Leeds Nuffield the very best chance of success with their joint replacement.”
Nuffield Leeds hospital director Andrew Eadsforth said: “In hip and knee replacements, excellent outcomes can be influenced by small differences in measurements and this new technology will support our surgeons in guiding their procedures, contributing to a wider range of treatment options for our patients. We are excited to be the only hospital in the north of England that offers robotic arm assisted surgery and we are excited about the possibilities it brings for patients needing total hip and partial knee replacements.”