Australia’s first robotic total hip replacement patient returns to St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside

Friday 11 December 2020

Brisbane resident, Mrs Anita Cooper, was only too willing to return to St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside to meet Orthopaedic Surgeon Professor Ross Crawford four years following her Australian-first procedure.

In May 2016, Mrs Cooper was the first patient in Australia to receive robotic total hip replacement surgery. The procedure was performed at one of Brisbane’s leading private hospitals, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside, located at Chermside.

The procedure was performed within one of the hospital’s purpose-built theatres, specially designed to accommodate advanced medical technologies, such as the Mako robotic system, which was utilised to perform the procedure.

When asked about how she felt having Australia’s first robotic total hip replacement, Mrs Cooper said, “I really had no hesitation.”

“My mobility was very limited before the hip operation,” Mrs Cooper added.

Since having the procedure over four years ago, Mrs Cooper has not looked back. Today, the patient partakes in online stretch and yoga classes and enjoys regular walks.

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Image: Australia’s first robotic total hip replacement patient, Mrs Anita Cooper

Husband, Mr Peter Cooper, accompanied Mrs Cooper to St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside during the recent visit.

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Image: Mrs Anita Cooper with Husband, Mr Peter Cooper

Mr Cooper was the fifth patient in Australia to undergo robotic partial knee replacement surgery. A procedure that involves resurfacing the diseased portion of the knee, then securing an implant to the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.

“Using robotic technology provides real benefits and improvement to surgical precision, accuracy and alignment – providing many benefits for our patients,” Professor Crawford said.

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside launched its orthopaedic robotic program in June 2015. Starting with robotic partial knee replacement surgery, the hospital’s orthopaedic program rapidly expanded over the following two years to include robotic surgery for total hip and total knee replacement surgery.

In May 2016, orthopaedic surgeons at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside performed Australia’s first robotic hip replacement utilising the Mako robotic system. In February the following year, they were the first to perform Mako robotically assisted total knee replacement surgery in the state.

In July 2020, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside celebrated its’ 1000th orthopaedic robotic procedure performed using the Mako robotic system.

The hospital is strongly committed to advancing its innovative and technological services – the recent opening of the hospital’s new state-of-the-art hybrid operating theatre is evidence of this commitment.