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Robotic-arm assisted surgery provides patients with a personalised surgical plan for joint replacement surgery. The state-of-the-art Mako™ robotic arm system works alongside the surgeon from the pre-surgery planning stage through to assisting in the surgery itself in order to improve the accuracy and precision of the procedure.

Before surgery, a personalised 3D model is created based on the patient’s own CT scan, allowing the exact size and orientation of the hip or knee implant to be planned.

During the operation, the robotic arm guides the surgeon, following the customised pre-surgery plan, reducing the risk of surgical errors in bone preparation and placement of the implants.

At Nuffield Health Cardiff and Vale Hospital we offer the following robot assisted orthopaedic procedures:

  • Knee replacement (total and partial)
  • Hip replacement


Higher accuracy means the replacement fits as well as it possibly can and ensures the joint functions as normally as possible after surgery. Traditional open surgery recovery time can last several months, including several days of hospitalisation. Even though every case of surgery is unique, the return to everyday activities for a patient following robotic-assisted surgery can occur in as little as two to three weeks.

Who is robotic arm surgery suitable for?

Robotic arm surgery may not be appropriate for all patients. Your consultant will advise you on the best treatments for your condition.

Meet our Team

At Nuffield Health Cardiff and Vale Hospital we have a specialist group of surgeons who will be performing surgery with MAKO:

Mr Shahid Akhtar

Mbbch, BSc hons, MRCS (eng), PGCert (msk), AICSM, FRCS (tr & orth), MBA

Specialty Orthopaedic surgery

Mr Alun John

MBBS, FRCS, FRCS (Tr & Ortho)

Specialty Orthopaedic surgery

Mr Andy Jones

MBBS (Hons) BSc FRCS Trauma & Orthopaedics

Specialty Orthopaedic surgery

Mr Gareth Roberts

FRCS (Trauma and Orthopaedics), MD, MSc, MBBCh

Specialty Orthopaedic surgery

Mr Stuart Roy

MBChB, MPhil(Cantab), FRCSEd(Tr & Orth)

Specialty Orthopaedic surgery

Mr D.Phillip Thomas

MB BS, FRCS (Tr& Orth)

Specialty Orthopaedic surgery

Mr Chris Wilson


Specialty Orthopaedic surgery

Mr Sanjeev Agarwal


Specialty Orthopaedic surgery

Investment in the latest technology

The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System is a prime example of how we proactively keep up to date with new innovations in surgery and regularly invest in new technology for diagnostics, surgery and care.

We get you back to the life you love

It’s not just about the surgery. Successful surgical outcomes need personalised recovery plans. We do this through:

Our physiotherapy

If you’ve met any of our orthopaedic consultants they will tell you regular, consistent physiotherapy is the key to your recovery.

Nuffield Health is the largest provider of Physiotherapy in the UK, outside of the NHS, offering the widest range of physiotherapy services and employing some of the country’s most skilled practitioners. All of our physiotherapists are HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) and CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) registered and have at least three years’ experience, guaranteeing you are in safe hands throughout your treatment.

All-inclusive pricing: The Nuffield Health Promise

The Nuffield Health Promise is our pledge to our patients, where we ensure that you receive a clear and transparent price for your treatment, with no limits on your care. Read more about the Nuffield Health promise.