Spire Little Aston’s Robotics Centre of Excellence

Spire Little Aston Hospital is the only private facility in the Midlands to introduce Mako, pioneering robotic technology that has transformed the way hip and knee replacements are carried out.

Precision surgery at the only private hospital in the Midlands offering Mako assisted hip and knee surgery

Working with an extensive team of leading consultants, we have become the private hospital of choice for hip and knee replacements across the region.

The state-of-the-art robotic-arm, Mako, is a precision tool used by our highly qualified team of surgeons at our Robotics Centre of Excellence - helping to improve the accuracy of hip, knee and partial knee replacement surgeries.

Advantages of using the Mako robot-assisted procedure

Compared to traditional surgery, Mako robot-assisted surgery has been proven to:

  • Significantly reduce pain after surgery1
  • Allow a faster recovery in early knee movement2
  • Perform joint replacement surgery with 2–3 times the accuracy3

Without Mako, surgeons use a burr saw to remove bone. They work by eye and experience - instead of looking at the bone itself to determine whether enough has been removed. Mako tracks healthy and diseased bone so the surgeon can clearly see how much bone should be removed.

The robotic arm is equipped with a saw and the surgeon is free to remove bone within the boundaries identified during the planning stages. If the surgeon attempts to move outside these boundaries, the saw will turn off. This helps the surgeon minimise the trauma to the hip or knee and preserves the maximum amount of healthy tissue.

What to expect if you choose Mako

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Before surgery

The journey begins with a CT scan of the joint, which is used to generate a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy. This model is loaded into the Mako system software and used to create a personalised pre-operative plan. This 3D model is used by the surgeons to determine how much of your joint needs to be removed and where to precisely place the new implant.

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Joint School

All patients undergoing Mako surgery are invited to our ‘Joint School’, an educational session held at Spire Little Aston Hospital, a few weeks before surgery is planned to take place, this session will go into more detail of what to expect before, during and after joint replacement surgery.

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During the procedure

In theatre, the surgeon is always in full control, with Mako assisting. When the surgeon prepares the joint for the new implant, Mako guides them within a pre-defined area using real-time inter-operative feedback and prevents moving outside planned boundaries. This enables the high degree of precision and accuracy in placing implants.

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Getting back on your feet

Getting you back on the move is our priority. Working alongside your Orthopaedic surgeon, our team of Perform Physiotherapists will deliver a bespoke care plan to get you back on your feet. You are visited after surgery and a physiotherapist will assess your progress, provide advice and post-operative exercises.

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When you're back home

Following your discharge home, you are invited to our Perform Physiotherapy department where a course of treatment will be designed to aid recovery. Typically, this is a variety of exercise therapy, strengthening exercises and advice to build confidence and increase your mobility.

How much is a Mako joint replacement?

  • Hip replacement cost £16,210
  • Knee replacement cost £15,352
  • Unicompartmental (partial) knee replacement cost £13,309

The above fixed prices come as a package that includes the following costs; hospital fee, consultant and anaesthetist fee. It also includes one follow up appointment with your consultant post-operatively and any outpatient physiotherapy that is considered clinically necessary for up to 90 days after your procedure.

Your initial consultation fee is the only thing not included within the package price; this cost can range from £150 - £250. This cost will be confirmed upon booking your appointment.

Spire Little Aston Hospital can provide you with a single, fixed price so there are no surprises. Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price when paying for yourself. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.

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How to get to us

You can find us just to the north of Sutton Coldfield, in the rural area between the villages of Mere Green and Aldridge. We're a short 25 minute drive from Birmingham city centre and our main motorway links are the M6, M5 and M42.

We’re just a short taxi ride from Blake Street Rail Station on the Birmingham to Lichfield line.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Little Aston Hospital,

Little Aston Hall Drive
Sutton Coldfield
B74 3UP

Main Switchboard:  0121 353 2444

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  0121 580 7119

About Mako

Mako procedures have been carried out for over 10 years, with the first knee replacements being carried out in 2006, and the first hip replacement carried out in 2010. Both procedures were conducted in Florida USA. There are 300+ Mako systems assisting with surgery worldwide spanning 19 countries.

Over 70,000 robotic-arm assisted hip and knee procedures have been carried out so far and over 700 surgeons worldwide regularly perform Mako procedures.

  1. Accuracy of UKA Implant Positioning and Early Clinical Outcomes in a RCT Comparing Robotic Assisted and Manual Surgery. Blyth MJ; Jones B; MacLean A; Anthony I; Rowe P; 13th Annual CAOS Meeting, June 12-15, 2013, Orlando, FL, USA
  2. Kayani, Konan, Tahmessabi, Pietrzak, Haddad. Bone Joint J 2018;100-B:930–7. Robotic-arm assisted total knee arthroplasty is associated with improved early functional recovery and reduced time to hospital discharge compared with conventional jig-based total knee arthroplasty
  3. Bell SW, Anthony I, Jones B, MacLean A, Rowe P, Blyth M. Improved Accuracy of Component Positioning with Robotic-Assisted Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Apr 20;98(8):627-35

Spire Healthcare does not endorse one medical product or device over another. Robotic arm assisted surgery may not be suitable for some patients. Your consultant will help you decide what treatment is best for you.