Hip op­er­a­tion first for State

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By GIO­VANNI TORRE

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.

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