Day of the Robots: The Future of Orthopedics, Sports Medicine Is Here

If a new development presented to the orthopedic surgery community across the globe became widely accessible to people in Denver and other cities, hip and knee replacement surgeries would become more high-tech, precise and consistent. Dr. Ranjith Narayan, a specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery at Aster Hospital-Mankhool in Dubai, presented, in his paper at the fourth edition of Synerge International Medical Conference, the next evolution in orthopedics: robotics and computer-assisted surgeries.

According to Dr. Narayan, the technology will allow surgeons to achieve a never-before-seen level of precision when it comes to giving patients an artificial joint. “The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved robotics are available for surgeons to perform advanced surgeries such as total hip and knee replacement in complex cases,” he explained. “The most advanced surgery technique in the orthopedic field ensures greater accuracy and produce consistent results. Instead of using the surgery instruments by hand, robotic arms are used and controlled by efficient surgeons with the help of advanced computers. The procedure replicates the surgeon’s exact movements on the master controls onto robotic instruments in the patient.”

Today’s robotic enhancements are a far cry from many sci-fi movies’ apocalyptic version of the future. Instead of enslaving men, the rise of the machines has brought about extremely useful tools and revolutionized many industries, bringing a wave of benefits and cost savings. Below are some of the most notable benefits that orthopedic robotics can offer:

Better Control – With robotics, surgeons can apply their skill with greater speed and precision. It will also be easier for them to set key parameters, such as coring depth, puncture depth, and angle.

Better Precision – Robotics generally comes in as a minimal part of a surgical procedure, but that part allows surgeons to be more precise. Some systems are capable of offering micron-level precision.

Low Margin of Error and Risk – Robotics does away with error and uneven site distribution that often results from surgeon fatigue. Such systems also offer low transection rates.

Reproducibility – Since computers can record in-depth surgery data, the procedure would be easy to replicate or improve for future similar advanced surgeries.

Faster Recovery for Patients – Due to the faster surgical procedure and minimal risk of human error, the recovery period for patients can be greatly reduced. This would benefit athletes, for instance, who need to go back to their top form as soon as possible.

Quality Orthopedics in Denver

Trusted orthopedic and sports medicine providers, such as Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver, make sure to stay on top of the latest industry technologies to be able to offer the most up-to-date services and treatments. Don’t hesitate to consult orthopedic surgeons about your injuries; who knows, robotic surgery might already be offered for you.

Sources:

Robotic surgery ‘future of orthopaedic treatment’, TradeArabia, Jun. 21, 2015

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s new robotic arm aids orthopedic surgeons, WyomingNews.com, Jun. 05, 2015

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