Surgeons at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, US, have performed the world’s first sensor-assisted knee surgery, in collaboration with OrthoSensor.
The new technology combines computer-assisted alignment, robotic implant positioning and sensor-assisted soft-tissue balancing to improve patient recovery and overall implant function.
The surgery is performed via a MAKO surgical robot, which allows the surgeon to sculpt the knee and replace only what is required.
Dr Martin Roche, chief of orthopaedic robotics at Holy Cross Hospital, whose team performed the surgery, said that the advanced sensors allowed surgeons to obtain improved soft-tissue balance and patient-specific kinematics, which is good news for the 600,000 patients who undergo knee replacement surgery each year.
“With this new technology, we can customise the surgery to each patient and improve recovery times,” Roche added.