Technology and innovation are already transforming orthopedics and sports medicine. Innovation, it seems, isn’t just limited to one or two branches of science. Thousands of patients have already successfully been on the receiving end of these technological advances.
Below are just a few of the notable advances taking place within the field of orthopedics in recent years.
Augmented Reality for More Precise Surgeries
Augmented reality can mean any real-world object that is enhanced by technology. In the world of orthopedics, that often involves imaging such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scans, and ultrasound.
These techniques use volumetric data and detailed images to construct 3D models of internal anatomy. For example, a fractured or damaged bone can be reimagined as a 3D model for further analysis from all angles and aspects by a surgeon.
Augmented reality, in short, allows physicians to plan and carry out surgeries in a more precise manner. As a good example, surgeons use CT scans to plan an orthopedic operation such as a knee replacement surgery so as to avoid critical nerves and structures, thereby reducing possible internal trauma. It also allows the doctor to precisely fit the implant into a particular patient’s joint. These computer-assisted modeling or visualization techniques are one of the most effective and accurate way for surgeons to carefully detail and implement an invasive procedure.
Computer-Assisted Robotic Surgery
In this type of surgery, your orthopedic surgeon is still conducting the operation, but also has use, when needed, of an easy-to-manipulate robotic arm for added precision and flexibility.
The robotic arm has small tools and a swivel head that can provide a higher degree of dexterity and accuracy than any human surgeon, who is limited by the anatomy of their hands trying to fit into a tight spot like a knee joint, as well as fatigue and human error.
Orthobiologics uses the self-healing ability of human cells to help repair broken bones and torn muscles or ligaments. These techniques include the popular platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapies. Using these techniques, orthopedic doctors harness components from a patient’s own body to help an injured area heal.
The orthopedic professionals at Movement Orthopedics are up-to-date on current treatment trends and utilize those technological advances that are safe and effective for patients. Our goal is to provide treatment that is perfectly suited for your particular needs and lifestyle.
Sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, cuff tears, tendon injuries are just some of the orthopedic problems we successfully address using technological advances such as those listed above.
Call Movement Orthopedics at (586) 436-3785 and our professional staff will be eager to assist and answer your queries any time.