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With over 46,000 operations performed in Australia alone in 2017, total hip replacement surgery is one of the five most common and successful surgical procedures performed worldwide.

Because of the numbers of patients who undergo this surgery, research and development surrounding hip replacement surgery receives global attention with a focus on the continued improvement of prosthesis as well as the refinement and development of techniques with the goal of improving outcomes.

When is total hip replacement surgery recommended?

When you are suffering from a chronic hip arthritis that is unable to continue to be treated effectively with non-surgical methods, total hip replacement may be the recommended surgical solution.

Hip replacement surgery is considered a highly successful operation that has provided countless patients with pain relief and an improved quality of life.

What is involved?

Hip replacement surgery involves removing the worn out hip joint and replacing it with an artificial joint known as a prosthesis.

As the hip joint is made up of a ball and socket, the prosthesis is made up of these two components.

What about robotic-assisted hip replacement surgery?

The technology for robotic-assisted hip replacement surgery was first developed over 10 years ago as a means to improve the accuracy of positioning the components of the artificial hip implants within each individual person’s unique anatomy.

Although we use the term robotic surgery, it isn’t a robot performing the surgery but the surgeon utilising a highly advanced sophisticated operating tool.

International research has now identified that hip replacement surgery utilising the robotic-assisted arm implantation method is 4-6 times more accurate than other methods. Other data shows that this surgical method compared to manual hip replacement surgery may minimise complications due to inadvertent component malposition.

How does using the robot work compared to other surgery techniques?

Robotic assisted surgery provides your surgeon with the ability to:

  • create an accurate virtual plan based on each patient’s unique anatomy by performing a preoperative scan before surgery
  • perform precise bone cutting based on each patient’s specific anatomy
  • accurate implantation of prosthesis’ acetabular component (‘cup’)
  • accurately assess leg lengths and offset to best restore normal soft tissue tension

If you would like to find out more about robotic-assisted hip replacement surgery, please call us at Orthopaedic Clinics Gold Coast on 1300 399 223. We will be pleased to answer your enquiry.