Since a few weeks at the Koelliker Hospital in Turin, in corso Galileo Ferraris, the teams of doctors Andrea Losana and Gianmosé Oprandi, who perform surgery for hip and knee prostheses, have had at their disposal Mako and Navio, two surgical robots already in use in the best hospitals in the world.
The use of Mako and Navio represents a major step forward in robotic orthopedics. The two devices allow surgeons to completely customize and define the exact positioning of prosthetic components according to each patient's individual case. This cutting-edge technology enables doctors to achieve results that have so far been unattainable with conventional surgery. Before the operation, both robots produce 3D models of the anatomical parts to be operated on, based on CT scans taken from the patients, which are then used by the surgeons to precisely set all the parameters of the operation to be performed.
The Turin hospital, given the consolidated and internationally-recognised experience in robotic surgery, has become a training center for the Southern European area. From here, the skills concerning the adoption of the Navio robot will be transmitted to all orthopedic surgeons interested in its use training. Last Tuesday the 15th of February, to spread and demonstrate the functions of the Mako robot, was set up a truck outside the hospital, currently on a European tour, where the public could see and understand the potential of robotic surgery thanks to a reconstruction of an operating theater where a surgical team operated on a fake bone with the aid of the robot.