Total knee replacement brings life to retirement
70-year-old Dudley Park resident Murray Bollen loves nothing more than a fishing adventure.
16 Sep 2021
However, the onset of osteoarthritis in his right knee resulted in stiffness, pain and limited mobility, impacting his ability to enjoy his hard earned retirement.
In March 2019, Murray underwent a right total knee replacement at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.
The surgery was performed by utilising personalised functional alignment with the assistance of the Mako robotic arm technology.
Commenting on the outcome of the procedure, Murray said that he couldn’t be happier.
“I was in immense pain and struggled to even walk on flat surfaces,” he said.
“Initially, I had trepidation about the idea of a total knee replacement. However, a chance meeting with someone who had undergone a double total knee replacement at St John of God Subiaco Hospital gave me the courage to seek treatment.
“I haven’t looked back since – it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”
The orthopaedic research being undertaken at St John of God Subiaco Hospital is contributing to worldwide efforts to improve knee replacement outcomes through data science and analysis.
St John of God Subiaco Hospital surgeons are heavily involved in the application of robotic technology to assess knee replacement surgery.
This allows precise execution of different techniques and alignment philosophies to provide accurate data from these surgeries for analysis.
The Mako robotic system allows analysis of an individual’s anatomy and their soft tissue balance.
St John of God Subiaco Hospital has invested in two Mako robotic arm systems to ensure patients receive the very latest technology, treatment and care.
For more information about orthopaedic surgery at St John of God Subiaco Hospital, please visit sjog.org.au/subiacoorthopaedics