Dr Andrew Letchford, a leading expert in joint replacements, is among the first Orthopaedic Surgeons accredited to offer this revolutionary technique of robotic assisted joint replacements on the Gold Coast.
Dr Letchford performs Robotic Assisted surgeries at The Gold Coast Private Hospital and Pindara Private Hospital.
A specific procedure that is designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis and provides the surgeon with a superior surgical outcome.
It begins with a CT scan of the diseased joint that then generates a 3D virtual model that is then loaded into the robot software and is used to create your own personalised pre operative plan.
This plan is then used in the operating room with the assistance of the Robotic arm which guides Dr Letchford with exact precision of accurate placement and alignment of the implant and prevents him from going outside of the boundaries of the implant.
“Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery affords us absolute accuracy. Post-operatively, in respect to uni-compartmental knee replacements, what it means is that because we are creating a much smaller incision, the patients have the potential to recover a whole lot quicker.
It used to be that this type of surgery (uni-compartmental knee replacements) required a patient to be in hospital for about a week. With Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery, patients are routinely going home on the second day after surgery”
Dr Andrew Letchford
Robotic Surgery provides more accurate cup placement compared to a manual replacement and also decreases probable impingement, wear and dislocation of the hip.
Provides a more accurate leg length which reduces potential for any discomfort and walking complications