Robotics in orthopaedics
The utilisation of robotic-assisted surgery in trauma and orthopaedics is growing across the UK with multiple centres putting forward business cases to develop new robotic surgical programmes. For these centres, surgical teams will be embarking on robotic-assisted orthopaedic surgery for the first time within their NHS trusts and health boards. As with the introduction of any new surgical procedure, patient safety is paramount, and it is essential that individual hospitals have robust local protocols to enable the safe adoption of robotic-assisted surgery.
The BOA and the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh have produced a series of guidance documents to provide a practical tool kit for hospitals when setting up a new MSK robotic surgical service. A guide for patients has also been produced.