Orthopedics This Week—September 18, 2017
Orthopedics This Week reported that there is a rising demand for robotics use during surgery. Todd J. Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief at HSS, spoke with OTW about the use of robotics at HSS.
"A full 1% of all joint replacements in the entire country are performed at HSS. People seek out what is new and if we can give them that in a safe manner, then we are being responsive to our patients. In addition, we have a responsibility to orthopedic surgeons to define what is best. And while I am not saying robotics are necessarily the best option, we have an obligation to invest in them given their proven track record in some procedures," said Dr. Albert.
Dr. Albert noted that while many total joint surgeries do not use robotics, surgeons will adopt them if research data shows improved results.
According to the article, HSS sports medicine surgeon Andrew D. Pearle, MD incorporates robotics during hip and knee surgery.
"While the clinical outcomes are excellent with robotics in total hip and total knee surgery, it is not clear which set of variables will have an impact on clinical outcome. Robotics are definitely refining our surgical technique so the X-rays look perfect every time. And that is what you want…utmost control of your surgical technique," said Dr. Pearle.
Read the full article at ryortho.com [subscription required].