In December 2014 two leading Orthopaedic Surgeons Professor Riaz Khan, Professor Daniel Fick along with Associate Professor Brett Robertson, a biomedical scientist and healthcare management executive, combined their knowledge and experience to explore ways to modernise the process of orthopaedic joint replacement which has relied on essentially the same technology since inception.
The main 3 limitations of current joint replacement being:
- accuracy of mechanical cuts made by surgeons using bone saws,
- strength of the bone-implant (prosthesis) interface, and
- stability of the postoperative joint through having to sacrifice the main ligaments during the process of bone cutting.
Even as robotically assisted joint replacement surgery started to become available a discrepancy was evident between the advanced technology of the robotic arm and its traditional mechanical bone cutting tool.
The significant potential to improve patient outcomes following joint replacement by transitioning away from mechanical bone cutting technology into the digital era, with the bold vision AIRO now termed Directed Energy Osteotomy™ (DEO), was an undertaking worthy of pursuit.
By March 2015, they founded the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics Pty Ltd (AIRO).
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Global Knowledge Partners
Since inception, AIRO has driven a strategic local and global collaboration strategy, harnessing Australian expertise and augmenting it with knowledge from the very brightest international experts.
AIRO actively collaborates with experts in material science, artificial intelligence, optics and photonics, who are leaders in their respective fields, and have proven success commercialising their knowledge. AIRO’s partners include: