Robotic surgery utilises computer-assisted planning combined with a robotic arm guided by your surgeon. It is an advancement of a current technology using computer navigation to assist positioning of a joint replacement implant.
Robotic assisted joint replacement is a relatively new technology, though it has been in use overseas for approximately 10 years. The major aim is to assist the surgeon in achieving highly accurate placement of a hip or knee prosthesis. Hip and knee replacements already are proven to provide excellent long term outcomes. As robotics is relatively new there are not yet any studies on how this technology affects ‘long term’ outcomes. Shorter term studies have been undertaken and published in peer-reviewed medical journals.