Robotic reduction of complex joint fractures

Reduction of Complex Joint Fractures

Approximately 50,000 cases of lower leg fracture, including complex joint fractures, occur every year alone in England.

This result is borne out in the fact that 40% of all surgeons in the UK work in Trauma and Orthopaedics and that health care costs for bone fractures are continually increasing. Operative open-joint surgery is commonly performed to treat these fractures. In spite of its popularity, shortcomings of the method are an increased risk of infections and tissue failures after surgery.

A treatment alternative is to perform closed-joint reduction management where joint fragments are manipulated and fixated minimal invasively using small surgical tools and externally fixated thin wires to stabilise repositioned joint fragments.

Project aims

Supported by an EPSRC grant and in collaboration with leading Orthopaedic Surgeons in the UK as well as industrial collaborators in the area of image processing and real-time CT scanning the new project aims to develop a robotic surgical system that is capable to perform these complex minimal invasive surgeries semi-automatically under the supervision of a surgeon. Latest market research predicts that this technique will be a future standard in orthopaedic surgery to treat the growing number of lower leg and complex joint fractures with sufficient accuracy and within time/cost constraints.

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Theme Leader


Professor Sanja Dogramadzi
Bristol Robotics Laboratory,
University of the West of England,
Coldharbour Lane, 
BS16 1QD
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81301

Page last updated 13 April 2017