With more than 220,000 hip and knee replacements taking place in 2018, delivering an increase of more than 12 per cent on the previous year*, it is clear that joint replacement surgery is becoming an increasingly common requirement for the UK’s ageing population.
To meet the growing demand for orthopaedic surgery in Hampshire, Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital has invested more than £1 million in state-of-the-art robotic-arm technology to assist with total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements. Ten of the hospital’s orthopaedic surgeons have been trained to provide reconstructive surgery using this ground-breaking technique, creating the largest number of trained specialists in Mako™ robotic-arm assisted orthopaedic surgery in any independent UK hospital, and the sixth hospital in the Nuffield Health Hospital estate to introduce the technology.
Using a combination of advanced technology and market-leading implants, this pioneering surgery allows consultant orthopaedic surgeons at Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital to manipulate the robotic arm to insert the latest generation of joint replacements with even greater accuracy and precision. The aim is to support faster recovery times for patients, reduce pain and improve functional results and longevity of the implants.
The robotic technology uses 3D images generated by the patient’s own CT scan to plan the exact size and orientation of the implant to be fitted. This information is then used to precisely guide the surgeon to remove the bone and fit the implant, with the ability to change the position of an implant during the procedure if necessary.
Mr Jeremy Latham, one of the ten orthopaedic consultants now using the new Mako™ robotic technology to perform hip replacement procedures at the hospital, is excited to offer this option to his patients. He says: “I’m a specialist hip surgeon and am always looking for ways to improve the outcome of surgery for my patients. We hope that by improving the accuracy and precision of how hip implants are placed in the body, this will have tangible benefits for patients, such as a reduced risk of short-term complications like dislocation and leg length differences, both of which are very upsetting for patients.
“In the long term, we expect the implants to last longer. The results of hip replacement surgery are already excellent, but there’s always room for improvement, and there’s a good expectation that a hip replacement using this revolutionary Mako™ technology will last 20 years or more for most people.”
Thelma Henderson, hospital director at Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital, adds: “The addition of the Mako™ robotic-arm technology to our already robust orthopaedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide our community with outstanding healthcare.
“Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital has the capacity to grow patient numbers this year and by having the Mako™ technology on site, will allow us to offer up-to-date advances in orthopaedic surgery to many more patients in Hampshire and beyond.”