Sunway Medical Centre performs Malaysia’s 1st robot-assisted joint surgery

The milestone achievement comes as part of the hospital’s diligent investment into state-of-the-art smart hospital technology to improve patient care and precision medicine

by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic credit: SUNWAY MEDICAL CENTRE

SUNWAY Medical Centre has successfully performed Malaysia’s first robot-assisted joint replacement surgery as it leverages the hospital’s technology with improved patient care and precision medicine.

This milestone achievement comes as part of the hospital’s diligent investment into state-of-the-art smart hospital technology to improve patient care and precision medicine.

Sunway Medical Centre’s consultant orthopaedic and arthroplasty surgeon Dr Chua Hwa Sen said for years, the usage of assistive technologies such as navigation systems and robotic assistance is widely used to accurately operate and insert artificial joints.

He added that the procedure known as the most effective solution to improve these conditions is total joint replacement surgery especially so for areas such as the knees and hips.

“The new system is revolutionary in its unique ability to provide the patient with a personalised surgical experience that is specifically tailored to their individual needs and anatomy.

“With this technology, we are able to facilitate a higher accuracy of implant placement and conduct a successful operation with minimal invasiveness. This, in turn, also allowed the patient to experience less postoperative pain and a quicker recovery,” he said in a statement today.

By using-assisted surgery, patients may experience less scarring, minimal blood loss and a quicker return to their normal daily activities.

Robot-assisted surgery is also considered to be safer, more efficient, less painful and provide better results post-operation.

Separately, the hospital’s consultant orthopaedic, arthroplasty and trauma surgeon Dr Suhail Suresh Abdullah said this highly-intelligent and adaptive technology has allowed them to demonstrate an elevated level of accuracy and less alignment outliers in total knee arthroplasties compared to its conventional procedure.

“Its unique ability to analyse surgical decisions with quantifiable data gives me hope that we are truly providing our patients with the best possible smart hospital technology to improve their lives,” he said.

To raise the standard of total joint replacement surgery procedures at their hospital, Sunway Medical Centre will use two advanced robotic systems to assist in these procedures in the future.

Both systems enhance the process of joint replacement by providing a CT-derived, patient-specific 3D model that grants the surgeon the ability to pre-plan the procedure and thus enable accurate planning of implant size and alignment.

It said these futuristic systems also allow surgeons to virtually conduct a hip or knee replacement before performing any resections.