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QEII Hospital becomes first public hospital in Australia to offer robotic knee surgery

20 February 2021

QEII Hospital has become the first public hospital in Australia to offer state of the art knee replacement surgery with robotic surgical assistant, ROSA.

As the major arthroplasty centre in Brisbane’s south, the hospital is ideally situated to adopt the device to improve outcomes for patients undergoing knee replacement.

QEII Hospital Director of Orthopaedics, Dr Christopher Bell said ROSA is designed to assist surgeons with accuracy and tailoring cuts to the patient’s individual anatomy.

“This device is able to give the surgeon more accurate information on all aspects of the replacement, as well as assisting in performing the bone cuts to achieve an optimal result.

“After surgery, patients treated with the assistance of ROSA should experience better movement, less pain, and a more stable and trustworthy knee that enhances their quality of life,” Dr Bell said.

The introduction of ROSA provides QEII Hospital with the opportunity to become a leader in robotic knee replacement surgery in Australia with research and training that will place Queensland on the world stage.

“We are very proud that QEII Hospital is leading this world class technology to benefit patients in the public system for the first time in Australia,” said Dr Bell.

“Robotic technology is the future of arthroplasty surgery and we are at the forefront of this revolution.”

Dr Bell led a team of surgeons on Friday 19 February to complete the first knee replacement using ROSA.

“At this stage, ROSA is for knee replacements only however, the robotic technology is versatile that we can expect expansion into hip replacements in the coming years,” said Dr Bell.

Last updated 19 March 2021
Last reviewed 19 March 2021

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