The Straits Times
Published on Oct 03, 2012

New robot helps to cut errors in knee surgery


Even the best surgeons sometimes miss the mark when fitting knee implants, but a new robot will minimise such human errors.

Patients at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), which handles the most knee replacement operations here, can look forward to longer-lasting implants with the Robodoc surgical system.

The robot, donated by the South Korean government, cuts bone to an accuracy of 0.02mm - finer than a strand of hair.

Orthopaedic surgeon Chin Pak Lin said such precision is unmatched by other techniques, no matter how good the doctor is.