First robotic-assisted persona knee replacement surgery worldwide

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As part of a clinical trial, Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Nick Vertzyas and his team today successfully performed the first robotic-assisted persona knee replacement surgery worldwide using the new Zimmer Biomet Knee platform.

This new system has been developed to assist surgeons in optimising accuracy and efficiency when planning and performing total knee replacement procedures. Dr Vertzyas says:

"The technology allowed a personalised surgical plan to be formulated by reviewing each individuals bony antomy in detail prior to surgery".

“Based on 2D pre-operative x-rays, a very accurate 3D virtual image of the knee is produced and loaded into the computer. The surgeon then utilises the program’s sophisticated software to formulate a precise surgical plan which, with guidance from the robotic arm, can be confidently and accurately executed during the procedure.”

Australia is amongst world leaders in the number of total knee replacements performed per capita, with more than 50,000 procedures completed annually. Candidates for a total knee replacement typically experience knee pain and inflammation caused by cartilage wear and tear, and degradation, commonly due to osteoarthritis. Over time, these symptoms impact a person’s ability to flex and extend the knee joint, which in turn makes basic activities such as walking, climbing stairs or even sitting, challenging.

We’re extremely proud to have leading surgeons that are at the forefront of such innovative technology.


Disclaimer- Clinical Trial (TGA- CT-2018-CTN-01588-1).