Robotic-Assisted Surgery in Trauma and Orthopaedics

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27 Feb 2024

The utilisation of robotic-assisted surgery in Trauma and Orthopaedics is growing across the United Kingdom (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.

New guidance for hospitals when setting up a new MSK robotic surgical service has been created by the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) working group, with support from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) and the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSEng).

The guidance document will help the multidisciplinary robotic surgical team set-up and develop safe practice, before embarking on clinical cases for the first time.

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