Knee robotic surgery - NAVIO

Robot assisted knee surgery, robotic total knee replacement (TKR)

At The London Clinic, we provide a private knee surgery service using state-of-the-art robotics. Right in the heart of Harley street, you’ll be seen by one of our world class orthopaedic surgeons, who will guide you from pre-op, right through to recovery. 


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What is it for?

Total and partial robotic assisted knee replacement

Treatment overview

The NAVIO robotic surgical system is next generation technology in knee replacement surgery. 

The London Clinic is one of a few private hospitals that currently offers this state-of-the-art system for total and partial knee replacement.

With a NAVIO robotic hand held device, your surgeon can carefully cut away joint tissue and align your implant more precisely than traditional open surgery. 

Studies show that knee replacement surgery using NAVIO gives better outcomes, including a faster recovery time with fewer complications.

Robotic knee replacement surgery allows your surgeon to:

  • Replace both sides of your knee joint (total replacement)
  • Replace one side of your knee joint (partial replacement)
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Your NAVIO robotic surgery at The London Clinic

One of our world-leading orthopaedic knee surgeons will perform your surgery using the NAVIO robotic system for greater accuracy and faster recovery post-surgery.

As part of your treatment package, your orthopaedic surgeon and dedicated care team will be on hand to answer all your questions and guide you through the treatment, from surgery, to post-op aftercare.

After surgery, you’ll need to stay with us for two to three nights, so that we can monitor you safely and get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.

Your comfort is our priority and to make you feel more at home while you’re with us, we offer extra touches like a personalised food menu and concierge service.

During your stay you’ll receive enhanced rehabilitation from a dedicated care team, which includes physical therapy and movement exercises. You’ll also have a dedicated pain management nurse.

Once you’re ready to leave The London Clinic, we will give you advice to follow to make sure you recover safely at home. 

We’ll keep in contact with you over the following weeks to ensure everything is going smoothly and you have everything you need. 

Why choose The London Clinic

Excellence in one place

We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.

Personal care, every time

Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.

Effortlessly simple

We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

What's included in your package?

Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.


Your treatment package will include:

  • Enhanced pre-admission assessment
  • Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
  • Personalised aftercare and follow-up

We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.

How to pay

  • You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
  • You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
  • If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis


At The London Clinic we offer fast access to world-class consultants and many of the latest treatments, so you can get back to the life you love.

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Book an appointment

Our dedicated appointments team will arrange for you to meet with one of our renowned orthopaedic surgeons at our specialist clinic near Harley Street. 

Diagnosis and treatment plan

After a thorough physical examination of your knee joint, your surgeon will arrange for a 3D computerised model of your knee to be made, so that your implant fits perfectly. 


During your consultation your surgeon will talk to you about your general health and you may be offered:  


  • A tailored weight-loss program
  • Specialist physiotherapy
  • Steroid injection
  • Anti-inflammatory medication

You’ll then be booked in for a pre-operative assessment.

Pre-operative assessment

You’ll have a follow up pre-operative assessment with your care team so they can fully assess:


  • Your general health in more detail
  • Advise you on what you can or can’t eat before surgery
  • Advise you on any physiotherapy you might need

You may need to take a blood test to rule out any underlying health conditions and have an X-Ray to assess your joint further.

The day of your operation

Your care team will prepare you for surgery and let you know exactly what to expect during the day.


After the operation, you’ll be taken to the recovery suite, where you’ll be looked after while you come round from the anaesthetic. 

Aftercare and follow-up

You’ll need to stay overnight for 2 to 3 nights while you recover.  You’ll have your own physiotherapist and care nurse who will give you pain relief during your stay and while at home.


Your care team will make sure you have the right walking aid, such as a frame or set of crutches, so that you can be as mobile as possible.


Once home, you’ll have a video check-up with your care nurse about your dressing, any medication, and overall well being. 


After a week, we’ll invite you for a follow-up appointment with your surgeon who’ll assess your joint and check you’re recovering well.


NAVIO knee replacement surgery normally takes between sixty to ninety minutes under a general anaesthetic, with an additional spinal anaesthetic for pain management.

Your surgeon starts by making a small cut (incision) on the skin over your knee. They then move the knee cap to one side to reach the joint. 

The NAVIO robotic assisted handpiece, and computerised instruments, help your surgeon to remove any damaged bone and cartilage, without affecting nearby tissue.  

Your surgeon has a 3D computerised map of your knee to help align your implants more precisely and make your implant more stable and comfortable.

An acrylic cement bonds the new implant surfaces onto your shinbone, thigh bone and knee cap.

High density polythene is then added to the surfaces to protect the new joint and help it glide. Your surgeon may also resurface the back of your knee cap if necessary.

Once finished, your surgeon closes the cut with stitches or clips and bandages your knee. They insert small drainage tubes into the joint, to drain away any excess fluid.

After surgery, we’ll take you to the recovery suite, while you recover from the anaesthetic. 

Once your care nurse is happy with your progress, we’ll take you back to your private en-suite to relax. 

Knee replacement surgery using the NAVIO robotic system has several advantages over standard knee replacement surgery including:

  • Smaller surgical cuts 
  • Less damage to healthy nearby tissue
  • Better positioning of the implant 
  • Better joint movement
  • Faster recovery 
  • Fewer complications
  • Less pain after surgery

The NAVIO robotic system provides excellent results, reducing pain and discomfort in the knee and providing relief from debilitating pain caused by arthritis and injury. 

How long it takes to recover from knee replacement surgery depends on how fit and healthy you are before your surgery and whether you’ve had a total or partial knee replacement. 

People who’ve had knee replacement surgery with NAVIO report quicker recovery times with fewer complications. 

You should be able to get back to your day-to-day life more quickly, compared to standard knee replacement surgery. 

You will need to stay at The London Clinic for 2 to 3 nights after your surgery and your physiotherapist will give you exercises to do shortly after the operation.

Your bandages will stay in place for up to 10 days and in the first few days after surgery it’s best to take plenty of rest.

You may need to use a walking frame or crutches for a few weeks.

Once at home, you should follow your physiotherapy exercise program to help you get back on your feet more quickly.

Most people are fit to drive after 8 weeks and can go back to work after 6 to 12 weeks. 

You should avoid strenuous physical activity such as skiing or mountain biking for about 3 months until any swelling has gone down.

We’ll organise regular follow-ups with you to make sure you’re recovering well, and if there’s anything you’re worried about, you can contact us at any time.

Robotic knee replacement surgery is very safe, with less complications compared to standard surgery.  

Apart from short-lived swelling, bruising and numbness for a few days after the surgery, there can sometimes be rarer side-effects including:

  • Bleeding inside the joint
  • Blood clot that develops in a limb, such as a DVT
  • Infection in the joint
  • Permanent nerve damage with numbness
  • Weakness or pain in the leg or foot

At The London Clinic your care team will relieve any complications and help you make a full recovery, as quickly and smoothly as possible.


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