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Hip Replacement Surgery (Mako® Robotic-assisted)

Utilising the latest Mako SmartRobotics systems our consultants are able to deliver unrivalled patient outcomes for hip replacement surgery.

The joint replacement centre at Sulis Hospital Bath is made up of expert orthopaedic hip surgeons who work alongside highly experienced nurses, radiologists and nursing staff to deliver outstanding care to our patients. The use of the innovative Mako robotic arm system assists our surgeons during total hip replacement surgery.

The use of Stryker's Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery has transformed Sulis Hospital's Joint Replacement Clinic in Bath. The innovative approach to joint replacement surgery offers a greater level of alignment and positioning during surgery, which results in a faster recovery and reduced post-operative pain.

By using this latest advancement in surgical technology, patients can get back to their active lifestyle quicker, whether it be walking the dog or returning to the golf course.

Benefits of having your hip replacement surgery using the Mako Robotic-assisted technology:

  • Greatly reduces a patient's pain after surgery1
  • Produces faster recovery in early hip movement2
  • Accuracy of joint replacements is improved by 2–3 times3

"Mako’s 3D CT software allows me to create a personalised surgical plan and identify the desired implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy. This is all done before entering the operating room."

Mr Heaton, Consultant Orthopaedic Hip & Knee Surgeon

The fundamentals of hip joint replacement surgery are the same. However robotic-arm assisted surgery enables surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience and offers them a leadership advantage in our evolving healthcare environment.

CT scans prior to the operation are combined with the Mako SmartRobotics systems to create 3D modeling of the joint and bone anatomy. The surgeon uses this technology to create a personalised surgical plan and identify the desired implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy.

Within the operating theatre the surgeon will use the the Mako robotic arm, which supports guiding the consultant within a pre-defined surgical area. The robotic arm uses real-time feedback, preventing the surgeon from moving outside the planned surgical areas. The guidance of the robotic-arm ensures a high degree of precision and accuracy in placing implants.

The surgeon is in control of equipment and surgery at all times and will be guiding the robotic-arm in order to position the implant into place. The robotic technology does not utilise artificial intelligence, and does not move independently without the surgeon's control. The method and technology is there to assist our highly qualified surgeons.

This procedure is only available on a private basis. Our fixed-price package and access to payment plans make it more affordable, even if you don’t have medical insurance.


Procedure Name Total Guide Price
Robotic Assisted Hip Replacement £16,100

Prices are subject to our Terms and Conditions. All total fixed-prices are inclusive of consultant surgeon and consultant anaesthetic fees.

After your initial consultation our Private Patient Advisers will be able to provide you with a formal written quotation prior to your procedure. If you have any questions please contact our Private Patient Team by clicking here

You will require a CT-scan prior to your surgery this is usually undertaken between 2-3 weeks prior to your agreed procedure date. The scan itself will usually take 20 minutes.

Hip Replacement surgery usually involves a general anaesthetic although most patients also have a spinal anaesthetic. This makes the legs completely numb and pain free for a few hours.

The operation can take between 50-90 minutes.

The consultant surgeon will make an incision on the front side of your hip through the layers of tissue surrounding the joint. The surgeon will then take time removing the diseased and damaged bone and Cartilage. Utilising the robotic arm the surgeon will be able to ensure that healthy bone remains intact.

The surgeon will then place the prosthetic socket into you pelvic bone, which replaces the damaged socket area. The top part of your femur is replaced with a prosthetic ball. This is attached either cemented or un-cemented to your thighbone.

Following repair of the incision you will recover within the recovery suite before being admitted to your inpatient room.

Usually patients will be discharged from our hospital after 1-2 nights stay following a consultant's approval.

You are likely to be in hospital for 1-2 nights. Although in some cases a longer stay may be required. Our highly experienced Inpatient Physiotherapists will provide you with routine exercises that help you walk the day after the operation.

You are likely to require the use of a walking frame or crutches, gradually progressing to the use of walking sticks.

Once you are fully weight bearing and can manage stairs you will be discharged from hospital. Our Physiotherapists, nurses, hospitality and housekeeping teams will assist you throughout and ensure your stay is comfortable.

Your dressing can be peeled off easily ten days after the surgery, we advise having this checked by a practice nurse. We would also advise to have a physiotherapy or nurse review two weeks after your operation.

The private practice will arrange for you to see your consultant within six weeks after your operation to review your progress.

At six weeks, some of our patients may still require the use of walking aids. However most are walking well and independently at twelve weeks although you may not see the full benefit of surgery for up to a year.

Physiotherapy and routine rehabilitation exercise are recommended throughout your recovery.

Nurse with patient in bedroom

Discover more about precision hip surgery by watching this short film made by our consultant surgeons at Sulis Hospital.

Treatment Overview

Sulis Hospital Bath offers industry leading robotic-assisted hip replacement surgery with improved precision and recovery times.

  • Type of anaesthetic General or spinal

  • Covered by health insurance? Yes

  • Can I pay privately? Yes

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