Robots assisted surgeons with knee operation for the first time!

5th March 2018

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has carried out its first robotic-assisted total knee replacement operation.

The new surgical technique involves a small robotic mechanism which improves the precision of the placement of the knee implants, with minimal incision required.

Traditional methods require large cuts to be made around a patient’s knee to allow the use of the equipment required to perform the work.

In comparison, the use of robotics helps to speed up recovery times, reduces post-operative pain and increases the longevity of the implants.

A trauma and orthopaedic surgeon performed the successful operation on 21 February on 77-year-old David Patterson at West Middlesex University Hospital.

It’s one of the first times that the technology has been available in the NHS so far and it has been
Patients typically take a week to a week and a half to get back on their feet after having a knee replacement but this has come down to just few days recently, and the robotic technology will help patients get home even faster – as soon as a day or two after the operation.

Chelsea and Westminster is not the only NHS trust to experiment with the use of robotics in surgery,
in January, robot-assisted surgery entered use at Barts Health NHS trust after receiving multi-million-pound funding.