Clinical staff at Central Middlesex Hospital celebrated the completion of their 250th procedure using robotic surgery for knee replacements.
The computer-guided Navio system generates a 3D model of the knee allowing replacements to be fitted more accurately than the traditional ‘jig’ technique.
Orthopaedic surgeon Simon Jennings said: “Logic suggests that if we can fit the replacement more accurately it will feel better and people can get up and about more quickly.
“The initial results are promising and there is a significant saving for the NHS because people are discharged within a couple of days.”
Central Middlesex, which is part of London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, is now the leading exponent of Navio robotic surgery in Europe and a training centre for visiting surgeons.
Simon added: “It’s exciting for us because it’s showcasing our work to a global audience and I do believe it is the way forward regarding knee replacements.
It’s a fantastic achievement reaching our 250th procedure and I’d like to thank the whole team for the continued commitment and hard work.”