Healthpoint, a Mubadala Health partner, has announced that it has conducted a robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery using the ‘Mako’ robotic arm by Stryker, which is a new technology that has been brought into the UAE by Healthpoint
Healthpoint, a Mubadala Health partner, has announced that it has conducted a robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery using the ‘Mako’ robotic arm by Stryker, which is a new technology that has been brought into the UAE by Healthpoint.
The newly offered technology provides greater accuracy, better outcomes, faster recovery, and less pain for patients in comparison to hip and knee joint replacements done with traditional techniques.
Omar Al Naqbi, Executive Director, Healthpoint, said, “We are dedicated to delivering the best possible clinical outcomes for our patients, and the introduction of robotic arthroplasty surgery at Healthpoint through this exclusive technology affirms our position as the number one provider of orthopedic surgeries in the region.”
“By introducing this cutting-edge technology, we provide comprehensive care to those who previously had to travel overseas for treatment, further strengthening our position as the leading provider for orthopedic care in the region. We are delighted to confirm that a surgery using this Mako technology was conducted recently at Healthpoint, for the first time in the UAE, and we wish the patient a very speedy and healthy recovery,” Al Naqbi added Dr. Jonathan Conroy, one of the UK’s most experienced doctors in robotic knee and hip replacement procedures, said, “This type of robotic surgery is offered widely abroad and is now available to patients here in the UAE. In tandem with the surgeon, the system is able to perform extremely accurate incisions on the bone, which has been proven to result in a quicker recovery and more positive long-term results. We have seen patients receiving the robotic surgery who are able to go home the very same day. From my experience, I’ve witnessed patients coming off their crutches within two-to-four weeks. We also noticed less swelling and pain.”
The orthopedic robotic arm-assisted surgery helps surgeons plan for the operation. Following a CT scan, a 3D model is created that can be viewed from all angles using digital technology and a computer screen, which is unique to this technology. This allows the surgeon to envisage how the hip or knee joint will move functionally. The joint replacement can be assessed before any surgery is carried out so that the medical team can model what surgery to do – almost serving as a mock practice. The benefit is ultimately for the patient, whose new joint will work better, with greater accuracy in the size and placement of the implant, as well as the improved angles of cutting into bone that ultimately reduces pain and improves function.
At Healthpoint, Dr. Conroy will be using the robotic technology to carry out hip, total and partial knee replacement surgeries. A fully qualified European trainer in the technology, he will also be training fellow surgeons in the use of a robotic-assisted arm, having previously passed on his knowledge and expertise to surgeons across China, Japan, Europe, and America.