Enabling Technology Provides a Glimpse into the Future of Orthopedics

Enabling technology is ushering in a new era in orthopedics and challenging the status quo. Innovations from large companies and startup firms change how surgeons operate and reimagine what’s possible in orthopedic procedures. Emerging platforms are poised to improve patient outcomes as increased surgeon acceptance drives widespread adoption.

Here’s a look at how the orthopedic industry will evolve with creative solutions coming to market — and how the technology will work in combination to spur continued advances in surgical care.

Guiding Surgeons to Better Outcomes

Robotic assistance and surgical navigation are not new concepts, but the capabilities of emerging platforms are catapulting them into the next level of patient care. Chris Walsh, Co-Founder and CEO of Accelus, expected robotics to be used in 30% to 50% of orthopedic procedures in the next five to 10 years.

Walsh said that the Remi Robotic Navigation System from Accelus is designed to help surgeons place pedicle screws during one-, two- and three-level lumbar spine fixations in a highly efficient manner — and with a minimal learning curve and no significant increase in operative times.

“The system is quick to set up and break down and is highly portable, allowing it to be used in multiple rooms and during multiple procedures in a given day,” Walsh said. “We believe robotics needs to be practical, reproducible and cost-effective.”

Zimmer Biomet’s ROSA robot brings objective measures of data to the table, a benefit that could inform surgeons on ways to improve how they operate. “Surgeons can quantify the various aspects of surgery,” said Liane Teplitsky, President of Global Robotics, Technology and Data Solutions at Zimmer Biomet. “They can assess cut angles or a joint’s intraoperative range of motion, and correlate this information to objective measures of outcomes data.”


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