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A robot at the Blackrock clinic to increase the precision of joint replacement surgery

The technology has already been used by the UK’s National Health Service

The Blackrock Clinic in Dublin has introduced a new precision robot for joint replacement surgery, which could have a major impact on the way these surgeries are performed.

Stryker’s Mako robotic arm-assisted surgery device offers advantages over traditional surgery because its software is individualized to allow for greater precision during a joint replacement procedure.

The robotic system notifies the surgical team in the event of any deviation, even minimal, from the preoperative and intraoperative plan.

Similar equipment is already in widespread use in the UK within the National Health Service and major medical institutions, and research published in the British Medical Journal has stated that “robot-assisted TKA surgeries are more capable of improving the mechanical alignment and implantation of prostheses compared to conventional surgeries. transaction.”

Mr Niall Hogan, a consultant in orthopedic surgery, is the first of a team of surgeons from the Blackrock clinic to have used the new robot. He believes that technology could play an important role in the surgical field in the years to come, benefiting both patients and surgeons.

“Knee surgery using Mako helps ensure that there is less dissection and therefore less trauma to soft tissue, and what we have seen so far at Blackrock is very positive in terms of patient recovery and range of motion of the knee post-surgery,” he said. .

“Not only is the device more precise than traditional techniques during surgery, but it allows surgeons to plan procedures in advance and provide more personalized patient care. As more and more surgeons are trained in the use of this type of robotic system for joint replacement, an ever-increasing number of surgeries will likely be robot-assisted, not just for surgery knee, but also for other joints.