Our hip joints are the subject to continual wear and tear, often resulting in osteoarthritis (the degenerative breakdown of cartilage and bone in the hip joint).  We may be an ageing population but it’s one that wants to stay active and functional for longer and, increasingly, we are choosing replacement surgery rather than accepting that aches and pains and loss of mobility are just a fact of life.

Hip replacement surgery is a challenging and complex procedure and getting the best results requires a high degree of surgical accuracy, which is difficult to reproduce reliably with conventional techniques.  The emergence of robotic assisted orthopaedic technology is designed to support surgeons in producing optimal results for each individual patient

Mr Simon Bridle is delighted to be one of the first hip surgeons in the UK to employ Stryker’s Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Surgery in hip replacement procedures.

What happens during hip replacement surgery?

During a hip replacement procedure, Mr Simon Bridle removes damaged cartilage and bone, replacing them with synthetic implant materials which are designed to replicate a moving hip joint. The top of the thighbone, known as the femoral head, is removed and replaced with a stainless-steel stem down the thigh bone, with a ceramic ball.  A metal cup, which bone grows into, is lined with durable polyethylene and this takes the place of the hip socket.

What happens during a Stryker Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Hip Replacement?

Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery does not take the place of the surgeon, but instead allows them to offer a more bespoke surgical procedure. Each procedure can be meticulously planned and a 3D model based on the patient’s specific diagnosis and anatomy is produced prior to surgery.

First, a CT scan is taken of the patient’s joint, which generates a 3D model of your unique anatomy. This is then loaded into the Mako software and a preoperative plan is produced, focusing on the implant’s position and choosing the ideal sized implant to reproduce the patient’s own anatomy. Adjustments can be made by the surgeon if required, but having a pre-defined area with clear boundaries means positioning of the hip implant is far more accurate and reliable, giving the best chance of achieving a good result.

The whole surgical pathway at BUPA Cromwell Hospital is defined by an Enhanced Recovery Programme.  Patients are seen by the team before the surgery, including a ‘Joint School’ run by the physiotherapists, to best prepare you for surgery.  After surgery, Mr Simon Bridle and his team closely supervise your progress, with a rehabilitation plan suitable for your individual needs. For more information, read our blog on Robotic Hip Surgery or call us on 020 8947 9524 to arrange a consultation.

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