HSMA clinic showcases robotic technology for joint replacement surgery


Fortius Clinic attends Arab Health 2024 to showcase speed, accuracy and predictability of Mako robot-assisted hip and knee surgery

Fortius Clinic, the UK’s largest orthopaedic group, is attending Arab Health 2024 to showcase ground-breaking robotic technology that enables surgeons to carry out highly advanced hip and knee replacement surgery for patients with chronic joint problems.

The London-based group uses two state-of-the-art Mako robots, which increase the accuracy and predictability of hip and knee replacements, resulting in shorter operating times and hospital stays, less pain and faster recovery, allowing patients to return more quickly to their normal activities.

Before surgery the patient has a CT scan, which is used to develop a 3D virtual model, allowing the surgeon to plan the joint replacement and determine the size of implant required. During surgery the robotic arm guides the surgeon within a pre-defined area enabling more precise positioning of the implant. The support of the Mako robotic technology enables unparalleled levels of precision, allowing the surgeon to alter the position of the implants by tiny amounts – a degree or a millimetre. The ability to fine tune the implant position can have a dramatic effect on the eventual outcome.

The Mako robot for hip and knee surgery

The Mako robot for hip and knee surgery

Full knee replacement surgery lasts approximately one hour, and patients are permitted to walk soon afterwards. It also means patients spend less time on the operating table, so they typically recover faster.

With ageing populations and the rise of chronic pain conditions, the demand for orthopaedic surgery to alleviate chronic pain is increasing around the world. There were 37,000 Mako-assisted procedures in Europe and the UK in 2023. In the Middle East, the total population of people aged 60 or over is expected to more than double by 2050 and to more than triple by 2100. Consequently, the number of people in this region requiring surgical interventions for chronic joint pain is expected to increase significantly.

Fortius Clinic CEO Jim McAvoy said: “Surgery is becoming more advanced, and robotic-assisted joint replacement surgeries are considered to be one of the best surgical procedures, enabling patients to have the optimal outcome in terms of recovery. We are excited to be part of the HSMA delegation at this year’s Arab Health to showcase a ground-breaking innovation that dramatically transforms the way hip and knee joint replacement surgery is performed, offering patients access to the latest in state-of-the art robotic surgery.”

The Arab Health Exhibition & Congress is taking place 29th January – 1st February 2024 at the Dubai Convention and Exhibition Centre. Throughout the exhibition, the Fortius Clinic team will be located on the Harley Street Medical Area Stand in the ABHI UK Pavilion, Hall 2 Stand F30