Orthopaedics and technology research

Our orthopaedic and technology research, led by Mr Gavin Clark and Mr Dermot Collopy, assesses how using the latest equipment and technology improves outcomes for people requiring hip and knee replacements.

As St John of God Subiaco Hospital is one of the only hospitals in Western Australia using robotic technology to assist with hip and knee replacements, our research is providing early data which will guide patient care now and in the future.

  • Knee and hip replacement surgery is a common orthopaedic procedure, with almost 100,000 hip and knee replacements undertaken in Australia last year. This number continues to rise each year as our population ages.
  • Using robotic equipment and technology in orthopaedic surgery is a new option and the overall effect on patients is still relatively unknown. Collecting data on our patient outcomes will go a long way to informing how this technology is used now and in the future.
  • Collecting and analysing data on patient outcomes, recovery times, complications and time in hospital will help ensure this technology is used effectively.
  • How technology can improve patient outcomes, including reduced recovery time and improved range of movement after hip and/or knee replacements. 
  • The use of technology to reduce surgery times and increase the likelihood of consistent results.
  • Ensuring our patients have access to the best possible procedures now and into the future.

We are running four clinical trials which are recruiting participants.

Mr Dermot Collopy Orthopaedic Surgeon
Mr Gavin Clark, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Mr Sani Erak, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr Daniel Bianco, Current Orthopaedic Fellow 

Research assistants
Ingrid Kiel-Monaghan Research Assistant to Mr Clark
Elise McNeill Research Assistant to Mr Collopy

Erak, S, ‘Knee Arthroscopy in the over 50’s’, Medical Forum, July 2016.

Clark, GW and Wood, DJ, ‘Robotics in Arthroplasty’, Bone and Joint 360, October 2015 (DOI 10.1302/2048-0105.45.360369)