Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Medical Research; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Science

    Robotic surgery a first for a WA public hospital

    1/11/2021 10:00 AM
    • Fremantle Hospital introduces Mako SmartRobotics system, a first for a WA public hospital
    • Robotic arm-assisted surgery proven to enhance joint replacement outcomes
    • System procured under the McGowan Government's Market-led Proposals Policy

    Patients at Fremantle Hospital will now benefit from the latest in robotic technology which assists surgeons to plan and more accurately perform bone cuts and optimise functional outcomes in joint replacement surgeries.


    Making itself at home in one of the newly refurbished theatres, the Mako SmartRobotics system will be based at Fremantle Hospital following a successful Market-led Proposal by manufacturer, Stryker Australia.


    The Mako SmartRobotics uses a CT scan to create a 3D image of the patient's unique anatomy which can be manipulated to assist the surgeon to plan the surgery.


    In performing the surgery, the robot guides the surgeon as they perform the cuts with enhanced accuracy and includes haptic technology which guides the surgeon and limits the possibility of damaging other structures during surgery.


    Through a multi-step, inter-agency evaluation process, the proposal was assessed as presenting a good opportunity to deliver many benefits to the Western Australian health system and community.


    The technology is demonstrated to support greater consistency in joint replacement procedures, with better short term outcomes for total knee, partial knee and total hip replacement patients and a likelihood of additional long term benefits.


    The technology has been purchased through a five-year agreement.


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "Fremantle Hospital is the first public hospital to provide this outstanding technology, offering robotic assisted joint replacement to public patients.


    "This advanced robotic system makes Fremantle Hospital a hub for elective surgery.


    "This is an excellent example of the McGowan Government's Market-led Proposals Policy benefitting the Western Australian community as intended."

    Minister's office - 6552 6500