Look beyond orthopaedics to gear up for the 2020s and beyond

Technologies making headway in other sectors can unlock improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness and patient satisfaction of orthopaedic surgery. But a collaborative approach is needed, and we have to act now, says Brian Lambton, Global Professional Education Manager, Corin Group

It’s 50 years since knee replacement surgery was first performed, and almost 60 years since Professor Sir John Charnley completed the first full hip replacement. These once pioneering operations have become some of the most commonly performed and successful surgical procedures in medicine. Long-term survivorship and clinical outcomes are good, with most patients enjoying an active life following surgery.

However, multiple studies suggest that around 10-20 per cent of post-operative knee patients report some level of dissatisfaction. This is significant, especially in view of the growing trend for patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS) to be factored into overall clinical outcomes. In this environment, patient satisfaction becomes a critical success factor. And we also need to consider the bigger picture: with an aging population and over-stretched healthcare providers, the orthopaedic value equation is under extreme pressure.

How can you improve clinical outcomes and PROMS while reducing the cost of the care cycle? This is the million-dollar question facing the orthopaedic sector. And digital technologies that have already been proven in other sectors might just hold the answer.

One thing is clear, implant innovation is not enough in itself. We need to dig deeper, analyse the entire end-to-end patient experience, then leverage insights to address satisfaction and efficiency issues. To achieve this, we’ll need to embrace technologies and approaches that have been proven elsewhere. This article outlines three considerations that should be at the top of the agenda for any organisation that’s serious about augmenting the effectiveness and value of orthopaedic surgery.

By Brian Lambton | Orthopaedic Product News

Image Credit: Corin


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Peter Coffaro is a growth-driven and strategic executive with over 25 years of progressive management success in the medical device industry. With a proven track record and recognized expertise, Peter has established himself as one of the top influencers in medical sales, as acknowledged by prestigious publications such as the World Journal of Orthopedics, Exponential Healthtech, and MedReps.com. Throughout his career, Peter has accumulated 10 years of combined sales management experience, excelling in various roles including Director, General Manager, Distributor, and Vice President. He has worked for industry-leading orthopedic companies such as Zimmer, DePuy, and Stryker, solidifying his deep knowledge and network within the field. Peter’s passion for innovation and emerging technologies led him to found OrthoFeed, an award-winning blog covering digital orthopedic news and emerging medical technologies. Through this platform, he stays at the forefront of the industry and contributes to the dissemination of valuable insights. Peter is a three-time Hall of Fame award winner at Johnson and Johnson, demonstrating his exceptional contributions and impact on the organization. His expertise extends to areas such as organizational development, business development, sales management, digital marketing, and professional education. Peter earned a B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry from Northern Illinois University, further complementing his comprehensive understanding of the medical field. With his wealth of experience, strategic mindset, and dedication to advancing healthcare, Peter Coffaro is a valuable asset and leader in the medical device industry.

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