New robotic assisted knee surgery at Spire Wellesley Hospital

27 February 2019

Spire Wellesley Hospital are proud to announce that we are the first hospital in Essex to offer a knee replacement operation using the NAVIO™ robot assisted system.

Designed and developed by internationally renowned technology experts Smith and Nephew, the system allows surgeons to minimise the amount of bone removed from a damaged knee before positioning the new implant in exactly the right place to achieve optimum joint stability.

Unlike other robotic-assisted tools, NAVIO™ takes away the need for a CT scan before an operation. Instead a probe feeds a 3D ‘roadmap’ of the knee into a computer, providing the surgeon with all the information needed to create a specific surgical plan for each individual patient. The operation takes around 30 minutes longer than traditional knee replacement surgery, allowing time for mapping.

The computer then feeds back information about the knee, allowing the surgeon to accurately remove damaged bone to make way for the implant. If the tool is passed over a part of the knee that doesn’t need removing then the cutters automatically stop, not starting again until it reaches parts mapped out for removal.

Benefits of robot assisted surgery

  • CT-free technology
  • More precise placement of implant
  • Improvement in recovery times
  • Less removal of healthy tissue
  • Creates a more ‘normal’ feeling knee

The self-pay price for the NAVIO procedure starts from £13,469 and is covered under most private medical insurance policies.

How to book: Booking an appointment at Spire Wellesley Hospital couldn’t be simpler. 

Simply call:

Insured patients: 01702 447 921
Self-funding patients: 01702 447 926

Event Booking Form


Marketing Information

Spire would like to provide you with marketing information about products and services offered by Spire and by selected third-party partners. If you do not consent for us to process your personal data for marketing activities, we will still be able to contact you about your enquiry.

We may contact you by email, SMS or phone about your enquiry. If we try to contact you by phone (mobile and/or landline) and you are not available, we may leave you a voicemail message. We may also use your details to contact you about patient surveys we use for improving our service or monitoring outcomes, which are not a form of marketing.

Submit my enquiry