Hands-on robotic unicompartmental knee replacement: a prospective, randomised controlled study of the acrobot system

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2006 Feb;88(2):188-97. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.88B2.17220.


We performed a prospective, randomised controlled trial of unicompartmental knee arthroplasty comparing the performance of the Acrobot system with conventional surgery. A total of 27 patients (28 knees) awaiting unicompartmental knee arthroplasty were randomly allocated to have the operation performed conventionally or with the assistance of the Acrobot. The primary outcome measurement was the angle of tibiofemoral alignment in the coronal plane, measured by CT. Other secondary parameters were evaluated and are reported. All of the Acrobot group had tibiofemoral alignment in the coronal plane within 2 degrees of the planned position, while only 40% of the conventional group achieved this level of accuracy. While the operations took longer, no adverse effects were noted, and there was a trend towards improvement in performance with increasing accuracy based on the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index and American Knee Society scores at six weeks and three months. The Acrobot device allows the surgeon to reproduce a pre-operative plan more reliably than is possible using conventional techniques which may have clinical advantages.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee / instrumentation*
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee / methods
  • Female
  • Femur / pathology
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint / surgery
  • Knee Prosthesis*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prospective Studies
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology
  • Robotics*
  • Rotation
  • Surgery, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation
  • Surgery, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • Tibia / pathology
  • Treatment Outcome