For the first time in the United States, a surgeon performed two augmented reality knee replacements Wall Street Journal. An important step in advancing the democratization of this promising technology in the health sector.
Augmented Reality in the service of surgery
It was last month when Jonathan Vigdorchik, a surgeon at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, performed Knee replacement surgery in two patients with severe arthritis. Procedures that are not unusual, but this time turned out to be exceptional. First time in the United States Augmented Reality was used to carry it out.
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It must be said that if this technology is particularly valued in the real estate, decoration, e-commerce, or even video games fields, then it is too an important role in the health sectorand especially in surgical interventions that require high precision. This was precisely the case with these two operations performed by Dr. Jonathan Vigdorchik.
The latter could follow thanks to augmented reality his surgical plan in detail throughout the operation thanks to glasses that informed him in real time about the critical data to be taken into account. He explains : “Augmented Reality provided me with information many times during operation that I could use to check whether my cuts were accurate, degree by degree, millimeter by millimeter.”. An aid that enabled more precise removal of bone and cartilage as well as more precise positioning of the implant. Examined this week, the patients, both in their fifties, appear to be very good.
How does this device work?
Obviously, before reaching the operational phase, it was necessary to prepare these two procedures. For this Doctor Vigdorchi took tomographic images of the knees of his patients, He then uploaded these to NextAR (Medactas Cloud Platform) so that they can be modeled in 3D. These models in particular enabled the entire preoperative planning.
These are then augmented reality glasses from Vuzix, which, as already mentioned, have made it possibleView critical surgical parameters in real time during operation. Among other things, the surgeon was able to view the 3D models of his patients’ legs with the diagrams of the planned cuts. Otherwise interactive diagrams : When the surgeon Dr. Vigdorchi would make his cuts perfectly, a green line would appear. On the contrary, if these were not precise enough, a red line took place.
For Jonathan Vigdorchik there is no doubt: in the future, Augmented Reality enables better processesThis leads to a faster recovery of the patient and a better function of the implants.