Wait­ing in line pays div­i­dends

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By CAITLIN TILLER

BOOTSCOOT­ING in­struc­tor Glenn Dale said he was line danc­ing less than three weeks af­ter a par­tial knee re­place­ment.

In an Aus­tralian first, the mo­bile me­chanic was the first pa­tient treated by an orthopaedic ro­bot at St John of God Su­bi­aco Hos­pi­tal (SJOGSH) ear­lier this year.

“I’ve been line danc­ing for 19 years which is a dou­ble whammy be­cause there is a lot of jump­ing in danc­ing and lot of kneel­ing in me­chan­ics,” Mr Dale said.

“I put up with pain for three years un­til it got to the point where if I didn’t do some­thing I was go­ing to end up crip­ple.”

Mr Dale said he taught four classes.

The 55-year-old had a “very quick” re­cov­ery and could kneel again five months later.

“This tech­nol­ogy wasn’t re­ally around five years ago so I’m re­ally glad I waited to have it done,” he said.

“I would have been left with full knee re­place­ment and that would be more painful and it’s about three months off work.”

Mr Dale said he was un­set­tled about the thought of an op­er­a­tion at first but now he could not wait to have his right knee done.

“I felt a lit­tle bit like a guinea pig when it came time for me to have scans done to pro­gram the ro­bot be­cause I had so many peo­ple around look­ing at what was be­ing done.”

SJOGSH chief ex­ec­u­tive Lach­lan Hen­der­son said the $1 mil­lion ro­bot had treated more than 20 peo­ple since April.

“The main ben­e­fits of the in­ter­ac­tive orthopaedic ro­bot are bet­ter ac­cu­racy, re­duced pain af­ter the pro­ce­dure and bet­ter re­cov­ery and in the case of the first pa­tient, it’s an ear­lier re­turn for pa­tients to do the things they like best, such as bootscoot­ing,” Dr Hen­der­son said.

He said de­spite tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment, healthcare re­lied on hu­man in­ter­ac­tion.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d443741

Back on his feet: bootscoot­ing in­struc­tor Glenn Dale.

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