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Central Queenslanders undergoing partial or total knee replacement or total hip replacement no longer need to travel to South East Queensland to access robotic-assisted surgery.

Hillcrest Rockhampton Private Hospital has a two-million-dollar Mako orthopaedic robotic system designed to assist surgeons, with data collected before and during surgery including CT-based 3D planning to help enhance pre-operative planning.

During the procedure, the surgeon can make adjustments to the pre-plan if required, based on insights gained using the technology during surgery. The surgeon uses the Mako robotic-arm to execute the bony cuts with precision. 1, 2, 3

While not all orthopaedic surgeries at Hillcrest will utilise this robot, the technology adds to Hillcrest’s suite of surgical options for orthopaedic patients, ensuring Central Queenslanders have access to a range of treatments to suit their needs.

Surgeons who utilise this technology are required to go through specialist training. No additional technology fees are payable by patients.

  1. Anthony I, Bell SW, Blyth M, Jones B et al. Improved accuracy of component positioning with robotic-assisted unicompartmental knee arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016;98-A(8):627-35.
  2. Domb, B.G., El Bitar, Y.F., Sadik, A.Y., Stake, C.E. and Botser, I.B., 2014. Comparison of robotic-assisted and conventional acetabular cup placement in THA: a matched-pair controlled study. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®, 472(1), pp.329-336.
  3. Hampp, E.L., Chughtai, M., Scholl, L.Y., Sodhi, N., Bhowmik-Stoker, M., Jacofsky, D.J. and Mont, M.A., 2019. Robotic-arm assisted total knee arthroplasty demonstrated greater accuracy and precision to plan compared with manual techniques. The journal of knee surgery, 32(03), pp.239-250.

Orthopaedic robot arrives at Hillcrest Rockhampton Private Hospital