When Michael Woolley's surgeon suggested that a robot lend a hand with his second hip replacement, he didn't hesitate to say yes.
Just over two weeks ago at National Capital Private Hospital, the 80-year-old became the first person to be operated on in the ACT using the world-leading Mako robotic-arm surgical support machine.
"It was quite exciting, I'm not real keen on lots of technology like phones I must admit, but the long term benefits will be that it can last 20 years," he said
"[My surgeon] explained that it would be better for the recovery period, better for the long term of the implant and better all around for me.
"He'd already done my other hip so I said 'Yep, I trust you, let's do it'."
Mr Woolley's surgeon Dr Damian Smith said the $1.7 million robot - used in knee and hip operations - meant a more precise surgery and better long term outcomes for the patient.
Dr Smith has so far completed two surgeries using the technology.
He said the goal was to improve the joint longevity and achieve a more "normal" feel for the joint patients.
"I looked at the data behind it and visited some surgeons doing it and the results are showing an improved patient satisfaction, improved outcomes, improved precision and accuracy," Dr Smith said.
"We believe if we can improve the accuracy and position of the components they're going to last longer.
"It was a lot of preparation before the first surgery so when the day finally came I was very excited to use it and we're looking forward to doing a lot more."
The semi-automated system allows the surgeon to conduct precise pre-operative planning through the use of CT-based 3D modelling and real-time intra-operative adjustments.
Mako robotic technology combines 3D pre-operative planning, individualised intra-operative functional positioning and precision reproducible placement by providing real time visualisation, tactile and auditory feedback.
The first surgery in Australia using the technology took place in Brisbane last year.
General Manager of National Capital Private Hospital Elizabeth Porritt said she was excited to see the technology at the hospital.
She said it gave Canberrans access to innovative surgery they would have previously had to travel long distances to receive.
"Technology never stands still, surgeons and nurses will always be needed but the equipment and tools of their trade that they've got to play with will be much easier," she said.
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