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Augmented Reality Used in Knee-Replacement Surgery in a U.S. First

A surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York recently performed the first knee-replacement surgeries in the U.S. using augmented reality

1/22/2021 12:30:00 PM

A surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York recently performed the first knee-replacement surgeries in the U.S. using augmented reality

A surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York recently performed the first knee-replacement surgeries in the U.S. using augmented reality.

Dr. Vigdorchik this week examined both patients, who are in their 50s, and reported they were doing well.Augmented reality superimposes digital content, such as 3-D images or visual instructions, onto a user’s view of the real world through mobile devices and wearable headsets. Companies for years have been working with early versions of the technology in design, training and other areas. Increasingly, health-care providers have been

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for procedures that require extreme precision.Newsletter Sign-upCIO JournalThe Morning Download delivers daily insights and news on business technology from the CIO Journal team.PREVIEWSUBSCRIBEIn knee surgery, the technology gives a surgeon the ability to see and follow operating plans projected onto the lens of smart glasses, allowing for more precise removal of bone and cartilage and more accurate positioning of a knee implant.

“At many time points during the operation it’s actually providing me information, making sure that my cuts are degree for degree, millimeter for millimeter, accurate,” Dr. Vigdorchik said.The better a knee-replacement fits, the better the odds for an operation’s long-term success, Dr. Vigdorchik said. headtopics.com

There are roughly 800,000 inpatient knee replacement surgeries performed in the U.S. each year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The U.S. represents about 50% of the global knee-replacement market, said Francesco Siccardi, chief executive of Switzerland-based

SA,which designs, makes and supplies orthopedic products.Dr. Vigdorchik used Medacta’s NextAR augmented-reality platform for his recent surgeries. NextAR received Food and Drug Administration approval for total knee replacements in July 2020. The platform was first used in Australia last September.

In the weeks leading to the procedures, Dr. Vigdorchik took computer tomography knee scans of the patients and loaded them into Medacta’s NextAR cloud-based platform, which created 3-D models of the knees. The 3-D models are used for preoperative planning, such as deciding how much damaged bone and cartilage to remove and determining the optimal placement for an implant based on each patient’s particular anatomy.

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