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Double celebration for Exeter’s Nuffield Health

By June 20, 2018January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, STEMM, Why Exeter blog

Professor Andrew Toms has topped the list of knee surgeons in the Daily Mail Good Doctors Guide. Exeter is internationally famous for orthopaedic expertise in hip and knee replacements, and Professor Toms achievement coincides with a key milestone for the Nuffield Orthopaedic department;


This week the Exeter Nuffield will treat its 200th patient using robotic arm assisted surgery. Exeter Nuffield is the only hospital in the South West to have robotic arm technology and one of only 10 hospitals in the entire UK. So far this year Exeter has treated over 100 patients using the robotic arm, the most out of any UK hospital.


Stryker Mako robotic arm assisted technology is the only robotic arm designed for use with orthopaedics, it assists partial knee replacement, total knee replacement and total hip replacement. Potential benefits include:


  • Better clinical outcomes; less chance of revision1
  • Quicker recovery for the patient; more mobile, more quickly2
  • Greater patient satisfaction1
  • Less pain for the patient3


Hip and knee replacements are some of the most common types of operation performed in the UK. According to the National Joint Registry, 50747 hip and knee procedures have been undertaken so far this year4, meaning that improved outcomes have the potential to make a big difference to a large number of patients. orthopaedic surgeon Mr Eyres, Exeter Knee Reconstruction Unit, has been widely published and regularly lectures fellow consultants and junior doctors. He will operate on the 200th patient this week, he said,


“From my perspective, robotic arm assisted surgery is the pinnacle of what the industry can offer us as surgeons to support the accuracy of what we do. Accuracy means faster recovery, a higher chance of a joint returning to normal function and a new joint that lasts longer.


At Exeter Nuffield we can sometimes send a patient home the day after their surgery. The level of accuracy we are able to achieve with the Mako is as close to perfection as is possible, which means patients are more mobile more quickly.”


Professor John Timperley who is part of the Exeter Hip Unit, was President of the British Hip Society and served on the Executive of the British Orthopaedic Association, said,

“The Mako improves accuracy by importing a CT scan of the patient joint before the operation. Numerous site markers are overlaid onto the scan, effectively creating a 3D map of the joint, which the surgeon can then easily navigate and with the robots assistance perform the procedure with pin point accuracy.”


Mrs Howell, the 200th patient said,

“I chose the Nuffield Exeter because of the expertise of the surgeons here. I was interested to learn more about the robotic arm and feel lucky to be able to access such ground breaking technology here in Devon. I’m hoping  for a speedy recovery so I can return to normal activities!”


Director of Nuffield Health’s Exeter Hospital, Paul Taylor said:

“People can be missing out on major events and activities in their later years, because of waiting for medical tests and treatment. With no waiting lists at our hospital we're able to help people get on with life as quickly as possible. Even if you don’t have private medical insurance you can access our care by paying for yourself.”