Robotic Surgery

Dr Stuart Mackenzie

Dr MacKenzie performs robot-assisted surgery at Lingard Hospital using the Stryker Mako robotic system. 

Dr MacKenzie was the first surgeon in Newcastle to perform robot-assisted orthopaedic surgery doing both the first robot-assisted partial knee replacements and the first robot-assisted total hip replacements.

The Mako technology provides Dr MacKenzie with a patient-specific 3D model to pre-plan your procedure. During surgery, Dr MacKenzie guides the Mako robotic-arm based on your patient-specific plan. This helps to focus on removal of diseased bone, helping preserve healthy bone, and assists your surgeon in positioning the prosthetic joint based on your anatomy.

How it Works

We put together a plan personalised for you

It all begins with a Computer Tomography (CT) scan of your joint that is used to generate a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy. This virtual model is loaded into the Mako system software and is used to create your personalised pre-operative plan. The position of the prosthetic components can be planned to within 0.2 millimeters.

We perform the surgery

In the operating room, Dr MacKenzie will use Mako to assist in performing your surgery based on your personalised pre-operative plan. The Mako system also allows Dr MacKenzie to make adjustments to your plan during surgery based on additional information gathered at the time of surgery. When we prepare the bone for the implant, the Mako system guides the surgeon within the pre-defined area and prevents from moving outside the planned boundaries. This helps provide more accurate placement and alignment of your implant than can be achieved with traditional methods.

Positioning the prosthesis components more accurately aims to decrease the risk of some complications and to ensure the best possible longevity of the joint replacement.

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