Hip operation first for State
SUBIACO was host to the first-ever robotically assisted hip replacement operation in WA last week.
On Monday, July 11, the operation was carried out at St John of God Subiaco Hospital, making it just the second facility in Australia to undertake the surgery.
Two patients underwent the robotic procedure that is expected to provide more precise implantation of components when compared to current techniques, which can have up to 20 degrees of positional variation.
St John of God Subiaco Hospital chief executive Lachlan Henderson said robotic technology provided “an extra layer of precision” for surgeons to improve on already “extremely high success rates” with hip replacement surgery.
Orthopaedic surgeons at the hospital were the first in Australia to use an interactive orthopaedic robot for a partial knee replacement in April 2015, when SJG Subiaco first installed the robot. Since then, 90 robotically assisted partial knee replacement surgeries have taken place there.
Dr Henderson said robotic-assisted surgical technique allows highly accurate post-operative planning, merging the accuracy of computer navigation and the ability to customise position based on the threedimensional anatomy of each patient.
The hospital has invested in operating room robots for a range of speciality areas, including orthopaedics, gynaecology and urology.
Orthopaedic surgeons Dermot Collopy and Gavin Clark during the historic procedure.