New technologies have made the future of orthopedic surgery bright because they will influence the surgical success, patient’s longer life span, long-term prognosis, and also a higher quality of life post-surgery.
FREMONT, CA: The orthopedic devices play a huge role in providing pain relief, improving mobility, and also improve the quality of the patients who are suffering from musculoskeletal disorders. The changing consumer needs have become the driving force for the medical devices and the process that is used in orthopedics to evolve continuously. The orthopedics medical devices are changing mainly due to the utilization of advanced computer technology. According to the orthopedic firm’s progress in robotics, smart implants, nanotechnology, and other innovative technologies will increase the demand for orthopedic and expand its market in the next few years.
Trends in Orthopedic Surgery and Treatment
Technology has always been a significant influence in shaping the complicated medical process. The advanced medical devices are giving the medical experts an opportunity to look beyond what the endoscopic cameras and eyes can see. Nowadays, surgeons have started using specialized methods by using innovative medical equipment so that they can take a more in-depth look inside patient’s surgical sites, can train and also get trained, plan and rehearse the complicated processes. The technologically advanced medical equipment also increases the safety and precision level, which helps the doctors to conduct fewer amounts of errors. The technologically advanced devices are even more accessible and available, which permits improved diagnosis and procedures, treatment plans, and also increases patient survival rates.
Below are some of the exciting examples of recent technology trends that are fueled by advanced orthopedic devices and systems that are changing the industry.
A. Augmented Reality:
The name augmented reality might compel people to think about video games, but the medical device manufacturers are utilizing the technology to impact the healthcare industry positively. Using augmented reality, medical professionals can also create situations where they can learn risky operating processes and complex cases. The technology is also used for various surgery preparations, training, and navigations.
B. Remote Surgeries Using Robotic Arms:
The usage of robotics has become more frequent and prevalent for conducting surgeries due to its exceptional accuracy and the capability to perform complicated and delicate operations with better speed and efficiency, which may have been difficult for humans. The system uses robotic arms that work as an assistant to the surgeons so that they can remotely perform certain surgeries, such as knee and hip replacements. The maximum of the systems used is placed inside the surgical room beside the surgeon, and there is a vision system so that the surgeons can watch what the machines are doing. The instruments consist of a patient-side cart that has robotic arms used for mimicking the movement of human hands to perform the surgery physically, and also a console that the surgeon uses for controlling the progress of the arms as a tool so that it can accomplish the surgical tasks. For orthopedics, the robotic-assisted surgical systems are also becoming extremely popular as they have increased the reliability for safely performing unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) for replacing arthritis damaged knee compartments and total knee arthroplasty (TKA). For the critical aspects of surgeries like soft tissue balance, joint line maintenance, lower leg alignment, even for the size and fixation of the tibial and femoral components, the robotic-assisted surgical systems are a better option as they can perform more accurately and efficiently. In other words, the robotic arms can execute surgeries like UKA and TKA with the highest accuracy, that too in the shortest amount of time, and can also make sure that every patient heals quickly with least pain.
Slowly and steadily, the 3D printers are becoming essential tools that are used to increase the speed of creating prototypes of implants and 3D models of various fractures and deformities. The anatomical models can be used while preplanning the stages that will help the surgeon with visualization by providing them with a complete view of a specific bone so the doctors can get a closer and more precise look at the problem so that they can fix the issue efficiently. Moreover, the demand for using the metal 4D printed implants is increasing due to its popularity among the patients as it is possible to manufacture them according to the necessities of the patient so that they fit perfectly on the body part of the patient. The patients are also more in favor of the printed implants as they can be built in much less time, and also they are lower in cost compared to the other implant options. These 3D printed implants also boast a faster creation time as well as lower prices compared to other implant options.
With the improvement in the medical trends, the medical device manufacturers have to come up with the latest software and the best industrial computer that can control every aspect of the surgical navigational systems.