Orthopaedic services

Patients who come to us with knee pain caused by early to mid-stage osteoarthritis are benefitting from the use of a Stryker’s Robotic-arm by our orthopaedic surgeons in partial knee surgeries.

Patient benefits from this minimally invasive surgery include reduced recovery times and shorter hospital stays than traditional total knee replacement surgery, as well as a more natural feeling knee following surgery.

St Vincent's Northside purchased a Mako system, a highly advanced, surgeon controlled robotic arm. 

How it works

The robotic-arm assisted surgery takes partial knee resurfacing to a new level of precision, when compared to manual techniques. 

Stryker’s Mako system helps the surgeon to assess bone preparation areas and implant positioning using a CT scan.  The robotic arm, with its tactile, auditory and visual feedback, helps the surgeon to limit the bone preparation to the diseased areas and helps to position and place implants with greater precision.

Who benefits

Patients suitable for robotic-arm assisted partial knee surgery share the following characteristics:

  • knee pain with activity, usually on the inner knee, under the kneecap or isolated to the outer knee
  • start up knee pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
  • failure to respond to non-surgical treatments, injections or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication.