Robotic Research

The Orthopaedic Research Institute at Bournemouth University (ORI BU) carries out work to find the best ways of preventing and treating osteoarthritis.

ORI BU will be leading the way into research of the Mako robotic assisted hip replacement to see what benefits it can bring to patients. Using our state of the art gait lab we will be looking to see if patients return to activity, such as work and sport, quicker and better than patients who have had a standard hip replacement.



Professor Rob Middleton

Professor Robert Middleton is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in hip replacement procedures. He works in the National Health Service (NHS) at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and at Poole Hospital where he is Director of Trauma. He also works privately at Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital and The Harbour Hospital, Poole.

At Bournemouth University he is Professor of Orthopaedics and Head of the Orthopaedic Research Institute. Having always been involved in research and service improvement in orthopaedics, it has been a long term aim of Professor Middleton’s to introduce the benefits of robotic surgery to patients. His first publication on the subject was back in 1994. With the introduction of the Mako Robotic Assisted Hip Replacement into clinical practice in 2017, he is now one of the most experienced surgeons in this field in the UK.