By Ilan Freedman – July 16, 2016
I’ve recently been advised that St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Melbourne has acquired 2 of the new state of the art orthopaedic surgical robots.
This is very exciting news.
Costing upward of $1 million dollars per robot, the Rio Mako Robotic System is an advanced touch sensitive “haptic” robotic system that allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive partial knee replacement procedures with precise robot-assisted planning and control.
A recent publication in the prestigious Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery compared 139 patients who were randomised to receive either robotic-assisted partial knee replacement, or surgery with conventional instruments.