A Surgical First for New Zealand | Robot Assisted Knee Surgery

A Surgical First for New Zealand | Robot Assisted Knee Surgery

2nd Oct 2017

New Zealand’s first ever robot assisted knee surgery has been carried out in the country, at North Shore Hospital in Auckland.


The procedure allowed the 52 year old patient to return home following the partial replacement surgery the next day and, a fortnight later, he was able to walk 5km as well as return to work as a construction machine operative.


Medics in the country now hope that the Mako Unicompartmental Knee Replacement System will be used for 60 replacements over the next year, so that the results can be compared with more conventional techniques.


Speaking on the benefits of the robotic system, Waitemata District Health Board orthopaedics clinical director, Matthew Walker, who carried out the procedure said: “The robot allows consistently accurate placement of implants which ultimately means better outcomes for patients. It reduces the magnitude of the surgery and improves the longevity of the implant, resulting in a shorter stay in hospital, earlier mobilisation, less pain, a greater short to mid-term outcome and increased patient satisfaction.


“It enables surgeons to tackle more challenging procedures with a higher comfort level, and provides a less painful treatment option for patients with common knee diseases.


“The smaller implant required for a UKR also means the costs of surgery are reduced. That means we have more resources available to divert towards other patients.”


Chief Executive of Waitemata District Health Board, Dr Dale Bramley, echoed Walker’s positive comments. He said: “To have a patient on his feet and back at work in such a short time after an operation like this is quite remarkable, and a sure sign of our commitment to providing a world-class health service that is second to none.


“It is very pleasing to see our organisational promise of offering the best care for everyone being brought to life in such a meaningful way.”


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