Robotic Orthopaedics in UAE

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Fraser Clarke

An Emirati man has become the first person to undergo robotic knee replacement surgery at a public hospital in the United Arab Emirates.

Made possible by advancements in both technology and training, 61 year-old Khamis Al Khansoori, a patient at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi was the first to benefit. Due to the less invasive nature of the procedure, the former Policeman should be discharged within three days of the operation.

Using technology that costs in excess of $2m, surgeons are given a three-dimensional image of a patient’s body, with a console based control system then used to move tiny surgical instruments held by a robotic hand.

Speaking after the procedure, Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Yaaqoub Al Hammadi, outlined his hopes for the future of robotic surgery in the Emirates.

He said: “This is the beginning of the future”

“There will come a day in the medical field where every procedure will be assisted by artificial intelligence. It gives you better accuracy and consistency. There are those who don’t want change maybe because of the requirement to retrain and enter new courses, however change is inevitable and should be encouraged.”

He continued: “The aim is to give this service to everybody, you can’t put a value on better patient outcomes.”

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