Dr David Love – MBBS, PGDipSurgAnat, FRACS.

About Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery

Message from Dr David Love:

As of 2022 I now offer the additional benefits of Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery. The Robotic Surgery System ROSA® by Zimmer Biomet, uses and advances on the technology I currently employ. The aim of the technology is to improve the accuracy of the implantation of the knee replacement system and enables patients to track pre and post surgical treatment via an app on their phone at no extra cost.

Treatment Approach of Dr David Love:

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What is knee replacement surgery?

Knee Replacement Surgery (Total Knee Replacement) is a surgical procedure to replace the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee joint.

The goal of the surgery is to relieve pain and disability. The arthritic or damaged knee joint is replaced with artificial metal or plastic replacement parts called a ‘prostheses’.

The procedure is usually recommended for older patients who suffer from pain and loss of function from arthritis or have failed results from other conservative methods of knee therapy or treatment.

Typical Knee Replacement Surgery can be performed as a partial or a total knee replacement.

The goals of your knee replacement surgery are to be walking independently and undertake as many normal everyday activities as possible, be able to bend your knee to 100-120 degrees and be pain free.

Robotic Knee Technology

Robotic Technology and knee replacement surgery

Dr Love has been specially trained to use to use Zimmer Biomet’s ROSA® Knee robotic technology. ROSA stands for Robotic Surgical Assistant.

Dr Love will thoroughly explain the features of ROSA® Knee robotic technology and what to expect before, during and after your knee surgery.

The ROSA® technology is designed to work with a patient’s individual anatomy. It is designed to help Dr Love tailor the placement of your knee implant with the aim of improved prosthetic implant fit.

ROSA® Knee Robotic Technology

ROSA® technology assists Dr Love with data collection before and during surgery in relation to your unique knee anatomy that may affect your implant fit.

This data assists to make more informed decisions and enables Dr Love to plan for and carry out a personalised surgery based upon your individual anatomical needs.

Getting a precise knee implant fit is important to your comfort and overall experience following knee replacement surgery.

What happens before surgery

Dr Love will walk you through the surgery and his team will help you organise the hospital in-patient forms and process.

Dr Love will ultilise ROSA® Knee robotic technology and through a series of x-rays create a three-dimensional (3D) model of your knee anatomy.

The 3D model will enable Dr Love to plan many specifics of your knee replacement prior to your surgery.

The information collected includes:

  • Current bone formation of your knee joint
  • The size of prosthetic best suited to your knee
  • Soft tissue formation in and around your knee joint
  • Gait data – Hip, knee and ankle alignment.
Knee Replacement Patient

During robotic knee replacement surgery

During your knee replacement surgery the ROSA® Knee robotic technology acts as a robotic assistant to Dr Love. The technology utilises a camera and optical trackers attached to your leg. If your leg moves even a fraction, the robot senses and adjusts accordingly.

The ROSA® system helps ensure that the knee surgery plan Dr Love has put into place is executed accurately.

The data provided by the system provides Dr Love with accurate data about your knee to help optimally position your implant based on your unique anatomy.

Robotic Knee Surgery


Rehabilitation is a vital part of your recovery and overall success of your knee replacement surgery.
I will monitor your progress with regular check-ins.

Dr David Love – MBBS, PGDipSurgAnat, FRACS.

After your knee replacement surgery

Immediately following your surgery, you will be monitored in the recovery room. Dr Love will see you after your surgery and go over your recovery plan. Your stay in hospital may range from one to three days. Recovery times vary from patient to patient. See below for common recovery timeline for most patients:

Timeline post surgery Activity level
1 to 2 Days You will be encouraged to bend your knee, weight bear and walk tentatively.
3 to 5 Days You will be discharged from hospital and sent home or to rehabilitation facility.
6 Weeks Follow up appointment with Dr Love (you may be able to drive once you have regain strength and control of your leg)


Rehabilitation is a crucial element in determining a successful outcome of your Knee Replacement Surgery. Your rehabilitation is driven by physiotherapy professionals and the hard work and dedication you put in to get back to normal activities.

The rehabilitation process starts the day of the surgery and is an ongoing process for at least 6 months.

Your physiotherapist and the rehabilitation program may help with:

  • Reducing post-operative pain and stiffness
  • Reducing soft tissue healing times
  • Maximising your knee’s range of movement

Dr Love will advise you when and what activities he advises you can return to, and what activities to avoid during your rehabilitation.

Potential complications

Although knee replacement surgery is extremely successful in most cases, complications have the potential to occur during and after surgery.

Some complications include, but are not limited to:

  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Pain and stiffness
  • Implant malalignment and premature wear (may require additional surgery).

Some patients may experience stiffness and pain. Prosthetics also have a limited lifespan and post-surgery activities and weight can affect longevity. Dr Love will discuss the potential complications in detail with you.

If you have any questions about robotic knee replacement surgery, please contact my friendly practice team.

Dr David Love – MBBS, PGDipSurgAnat, FRACS.


Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery Melbourne

Dr David Love consults with patients from all over Melbourne in relation to Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery. Dr Love consults in four locations across Melbourne including East Melbourne, Heidelberg, Bundoora and Whittlesea.