What’s so smart about smart implants?
- Posted on: Feb 28 2018
When it comes to receiving an accurate and long-lasting joint replacement, it’s hard to deny that technology has significantly advanced the field and changed the way we think about surgery. This is certainly true across the New York area–and it is incredibly apparent in my clinic. Over the last several years, I have devoted a significant amount of time to researching and incorporating new technologies into my practice. For patients, this means a higher quality joint with less recovery time.
One of my favorite new surgical techniques involves using sensor technology. But just what makes it so smart? And what does it mean for your care?
Previously, the success of a knee joint replacement depended a lot on the knowledge and expertise of the surgeons performing a procedure. It was up to them to interpret and envision where a new joint should be placed to receive optimal results. Many doctors are comfortable with this strategy and have been quite successful in incorporating it into their practice. But, sometimes, this technique fails. When that happens, balance and comfort can be thrown off and a patient might need to undergo an additional procedure to correct the situation. As you might expect, this is incredibly frustrating both for patients and their surgeons.
Smart sensors take things one step further by eliminating much of the guesswork and replacing it with verified statistics and science. During a procedure that uses sensors, we can quantify and validate the pressure loads in the mechanical alignment instantaneously. This means that you are more likely to get a successful replacement the first time around and continue to use it without trouble for a longer amount of time.
It’s important to keep in mind that these surgical advances and robotic developments do not replace doctors entirely. In fact, it takes a trained professional to use these devices in the most helpful and accurate way possible. As a developer in this innovative field, I have a lot of training and experience with sensor technology, so you can trust that you are in good hands if you are considering having sensors used as part of an upcoming procedure.
It is so exciting to think about what is currently possible and what will be possible in just a few years with these breakthroughs. In my lab research, I am devoted to exploring the field of pressure mapping technology and knee kinetics to create new industry calibration standards and surgical algorithms for better knee implantation. On this website, I have several links to assist individuals wanting to learn more about sensor technology and other advances. Feel free to explore and reach out with any additional questions or concerns you might have. We are in an exciting point in the medical industry, and I am excited about the opportunity to explore it with you.
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