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Nuffield Health Tunbridge Wells Hospital is proud to offer robotics-assisted surgery for orthopaedic knee replacements. Use of this technology has been shown to result in shorter hospital stays, smoother recovery and increased satisfaction.

Robotic-assisted surgery provides patients with a personalised surgical plan for knee replacement surgery.

Robotic-assisted technology: What is the NAVIO® Surgical System?

The NAVIO® system is a significant advancement in the way orthopaedic surgeons perform knee replacement surgery. The system works in conjunction with the surgeon’s existing skills to achieve accurate positioning of the knee implants based on each patient’s unique anatomy.

Using the NAVIO® system, the surgeon creates a computerised 3D representation of the unique shapes and profiles of the patient’s knee without the need of a pre-operative CT scan. Using all of this information the surgeon can then determine the correct size and position of the implant. This is critical to knee alignment, stability and overall functional outcome. Using the boundaries that have now been established, the surgeons uses the robotic-assisted hand piece to remove only the damaged surfaces of the bone, balance the joint and position the implant with greater accuracy. This added level of accuracy is designed to improve the function, recovery, feel and potential longevity of the knee implant.

Our Consultants

Mr Nicholas Bowman

MBChB, BSc, MSc, FRCS (Tr and Orth)

Specialty Orthopaedic surgery

Mr Paul Gibb


Specialty Orthopaedic surgery

Mr James Young

MBBS B.Sc. (Hons), MRCS FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)

Specialty Orthopaedic surgery

Why choose Nuffield Health Tunbridge Wells Hospital for your robotic-assisted knee replacement?

Investment in the latest technology

The NAVIO® surgical 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.

Recovery Plus – a personalised recovery plan, your very own recovery coach and free gym access.

Our flagship recovery programme for post-surgery joint replacements is free of charge to private patients, not offered elsewhere in Cambridgeshire. Recovery Plus is a scheme exclusive to Nuffield Health. You get three months free access to one of our Fitness & Wellbeing gyms, your very own recovery coach and personalised recovery plan to get you back to the life you love. Read more about Recovery Plus.

Post-surgery physiotherapy and Recovery Plus are included with your treatment. There is no charge for these services.

CQC Rated: Outstanding

We are proud to have received an "Outstanding" rating from the healthcare regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in July 2016. Here at Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital we provide a full range of medical and surgical specialties.

All-inclusive pricing: The Nuffield 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 promise.

* Partial knee replacement vs conventional techniques

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