“Orthopedists are also becoming more concerned with infection prevention, meeting the critical needs of an ageing population, and contributing to the sustainability of hospital systems.”
Fremont, CA: Whether it's robotics, virtual reality, mixed reality, or augmented reality, new orthopedic techniques are increasingly present in the operating room, bringing advances in surgical techniques and products to orthopedists. Here are the top 5 areas where innovation is changing the game of the particular field. Let’s dive deeper!
1. Co-Creation: Addressing Unmet Clinical, Demographic and Environmental Needs
It is well understood that paying attention to the patient, surgeon, and health care system is required, and that collaborating with the best in the industry results in products that truly make a difference. New instrumentation and procedural streamlining enable the development of new approaches to old surgical challenges, such as an anterior approach in hip replacement or lateral approaches in spine surgery. In knee replacement, there is a continued focus on the 20 percent of patients who are dissatisfied in some way. In spine surgery, 86 percent of surgeons believe that instrumentation for spinal deformity needs to be improved. Orthopedists are also becoming more concerned with infection prevention, meeting the critical needs of an ageing population, and contributing to the sustainability of hospital systems.
2. Material Innovation: Technological Advancements Fuel Engineering Excellence
The growing demand for orthopedic surgery requires research into technological advances such as 3D printing and innovations in material selection such as the use of powerful and lightweight titanium in many orthopedic devices. In addition, advances in hybrid medical devices that combine implants and instruments have enabled orthopedists to perform tasks more efficiently than ever before. Hospitals value such solutions because they not only reduce procedure time, increase efficiency, and optimize operating rooms, but also improve inventory management and reduce costs.
3. Truly Personalized Medicine: No Longer a Pipe Dream, But Rather a Dream Come True
The transition to virtual surgical planning, as well as patient-specific implants, is transforming care standards. Advances in personalized orthopedic medicine lead to greater customization, precision, and efficiency. With the introduction of 3D bioprinting in orthopedics, the advanced orthopedic personalized medicine market is expected to grow at a rate of more than 25 percent in upcoming years.