Innovation at MercyAscot 

We’re committed to delivering world-class healthcare and a great experience for every patient, which is why we are investing in the latest robotic technologies. 

Robotic-assisted surgery is fast becoming a preferred option for patients having certain surgical procedures, and our leading robotically-trained surgeons are supported by highly-trained anaesthetists and clinical teams.

Robotic surgery, also called robotic-assisted surgery, allows surgeons to perform delicate and complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control. The benefits for patients can include a shorter hospital stay, a faster recovery time, reduction in blood loss and pain, reduced risk of complications, and smaller and less noticeable scars.1

Robotic surgery at MercyAscot 

We have invested in two orthopaedic robots - the VELYSTM Robotic Assisted Solution and the ROSA® Robotic Surgical Assistant - which are used by robotically-trained surgeons at both Mercy and Ascot Hospital for total knee replacement surgeries. 

We also have a third robot - the da Vinci Xi Surgical System - which is used by our robotically-trained urology and gynaecology surgeons, including for patients with prostate cancer. The da Vinci is used for minimally invasive surgery where procedures are performed through small incisions.

VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution

Our orthopaedic surgeons were among the first in the world to access the VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution – a robotic surgical assistant for knee replacement surgery developed by DePuy Synthes, The Orthopaedics Company of Johnson & Johnson. 

A leading orthopaedic knee specialist who operates at MercyAscot, worked closely with DePuy Synthes on the development of the robotic-assisted solution, including using the technology for the first time in the world at Ascot Hospital in Greenlane.

The VELYS is an exciting new development for a number of reasons.

  • It is a first-of-its-kind table-mounted solution, with an efficient design that integrates into any operating room.
  • The system adapts to the surgeon’s workflow, is designed to give them the control they are used to, and helps them execute accurate bony cuts.2
  • Every knee is different, and it allows the surgeon to individualise the total knee joint replacement to match the variable bony anatomy and soft tissue envelope of the patient’s knee. This patient-specific technique enables the surgeon to tailor the alignment of the knee replacement to the patient’s anatomy.
  • It works exclusively with the ATTUNE Knee System, which studies have shown can improve clinical outcomes and patient-reported outcomes, as well as contribute to a shorter length of stay in hospital. 2, 3, 4, 5

ROSA Robotic Surgical Assistant

The ROSA Robotic Surgical Assistant is robotic technology for total knee replacement developed by Zimmer Biomet that is efficient and accurate.6,7

  • The surgical procedure using the ROSA Knee is similar to traditional total knee replacement, but with a robotic assistant that personalises the surgical approach for the patient’s unique anatomy. 
  • During the procedure, ROSA Knee utilises a camera and optical trackers attached to the leg to know exactly where the knee is in space. If the leg moves even a fraction of an inch, the robot can tell and adjusts accordingly. 
  • Throughout the surgery, ROSA Knee provides the surgeon with data. This information, combined with the surgeon’s skill, helps them know how to position the implant based on the patient’s unique anatomy.
  • Unlike traditional knee replacement methods, with ROSA Knee a series of x-rays may be used to create a three-dimensional (3D) model of the patient’s knee anatomy. This 3D model enables the surgeon to plan the specifics of the knee replacement prior to the surgery taking place. 
     

Da Vinci Xi Surgical System

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System is a robotic technology that continues to advance minimally invasive surgery across a range of specialities and procedures, including urology and gynaecology. 

  • The da Vinci system allows surgeons to skilfully perform surgical procedures through tiny incisions. 
  • Guided by magnified, high-definition images, the surgeon controls small robotic arms that can bend and rotate in ways the human hand cannot, providing greater dexterity, control, precision and vision. 
  • The system is so precise that the instruments recheck their position by computer 1,500 times per second. 

 

 

MercyAscot robotically-trained orthopaedic surgeons 

If you’re a GP you can refer your patients directly to one of our robotically-trained surgeons listed below.

If you’re a patient you can ask your GP to refer you to a MercyAscot robotically-trained surgeon, or speak to your orthopaedic surgeon to find out if surgery with a robotic-assisted solution is suitable for you.

Mark Clatworthy

Specialty: Orthopaedics

Areas of expertise: Arthoscopy, Arthroplasty, Osteotomy, Reconstruction, Revision Arthroplasty

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Janus Schaumkel

Specialty: Orthopaedics

Areas of expertise: Hip and Knee, Arthroscopy, Sport

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PAUL MONK

 

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Areas of expertise: Hip and Knee Joint Replacement. Robotic Knee Replacement, Total and Uni-Compartmental Knee Replacements (TKR and UKR),Total Hip Joint Replacement (THR), Revision Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery.

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Ivan Spika

 

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Areas of expertise: Knee and Hip Joint Replacement, Knee Arthroscopy and Reconstruction, Sport

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Jacob Munro

 

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Areas of expertise: Arthoscopy, Hip and Knee

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Peter Hucker

 

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Areas of expertise: Hip and Knee: Arthroscopy, Joint Replacement, ACL Reconstruction

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MercyAscot da Vinci Xi surgical system trained UROLOGY AND GYNAECOLOGY surgeons

If you’re a GP you can refer your patients directly to one of our robotically-trained surgeons listed below.

If you’re a patient you can ask your GP to refer you to a MercyAscot robotically-trained surgeon, or speak to your urology or gynaecology surgeon to find out if surgery with a robotic-assisted solution is suitable for you.

Andrew Williams

Specialty: Urology

Areas of expertise: Urological Oncology

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Michael East

Specialty: Gynaecology

Areas of expertise: Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Endometriosis, Hysterectomy, Fibroids

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Chris Hawke

Specialty: Urology

Areas of expertise: Thulium Laser Prostatectomy, Urological Oncology

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FIONA CONNELL

Specialty: Gynaecology

Areas of expertise: Endometriosis, General Gynaecology, Laparoscopic Gynaecology

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Jason Du

Specialty: Urology

Areas of expertise: BPH, Diagnostics and Management, Kidney Stones and Prevention, Laparoscopy, Relevant Assessment, Robotic Surgery, Urological Cancer, Urology

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Eva Fong

Specialty: Urology

Areas of expertise: Urology and Urogynaecology

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ANDREW LIENERT

Specialty: Urology

Areas of expertise: Complex Laparoscopic Surgery, Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy (HoLEP), Laparoscopic Nephrectomy, Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty, General Urological Conditions, Renal Stone Surgery, Robotic Surgery

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PRATHIMA CHOWDARY

Specialty: Gynaecology

Areas of expertise: Advanced Operative Laparoscopy, Colposcopy, Endometrial Ablation, Endometriosis, Fibroid Resection, Hysterectomy, Myomectomies, Pelvic Pain

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SIMON VAN RIJ

Specialty: Urology

Areas of expertise: General Urology, Kidney Stones and Prevention, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery - Prostate and Kidney Cancer, Laser Surgery/TURP

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Sum Sum Lo

Specialty: Urology

Areas of expertise: Urethral Structure Disease, Recurrent Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse , Vaginal Mesh and Mesh Sling Removals, General Urological Conditions

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PADMAJA KOYA

Specialty: Gynaecology

Areas of expertise: Endometriosis, laparoscopic hysterectomy, hysteroscopic surgery, management of urinary incontinence, SILS (Single incision laparoscopic surgery), robotic surgery

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