Orthopedic companies are racing to integrate technologies, capture data and produce meaningful insights from their efforts. Their investments are bearing out through market introduction and early adoption of new products.
Kevin J. McGuire, M.D., M.S., Section Chief of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at DHMC’s Center for Pain and Spine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, is one of the early adopters. Last year, he used Medacta’s NextAR augmented reality (AR) navigation system to complete a lumbar fusion using intraoperative guidance.
NextAR displays superimposed surgical guidance onto the operative field in real time, allowing for data-driven decision-making based on the unique anatomy of individual patients. It’s part of Medacta’s MySolutions Personalized Ecosystem, an interconnected network of digital technologies that enable a holistic approach to personalized surgical care.
OrthoGrid also made news in 2022, introducing Hip AI to give surgeons access to real-time image analysis tools that enhance intraoperative fluoroscopy images and improve their decision-making during hip replacement surgery. The application helped usher in smarter hip navigation, an evolution the company says is redefining orthopedics.
“Surgeons are risk-averse decision-makers,” said Richard Boddington, Co-CEO of OrthoGrid. “They constantly interpret clinical information so they can make decisions that ensure reproducible outcomes for their patients.”
OrthoGrid provides data-driven solutions with an AI-powered ecosystem that detects and tracks specific anatomical landmarks through the company’s sophisticated grid network. The software is already helping surgeons achieve optimal anatomic and implant alignment while also tightening the surgical workflow.
Boddington called this development the true transformation of orthopedic surgery.
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