In the 21st century technology has advanced so far that surgeons can now complete the most complicated procedures with advanced computer assistance. This ultimately results in higher procedure success rate and better outcome for the patient.
Surgery with computer assistance is somewhat similar to a type of surgical navigation that allows the surgeon to trace the location of the instruments, areas of interest and implants relevant to the procedure. All of this happens in real time and everything is relative to the patient’s body and anatomy. This is the leading technological edge that has been implemented in the last few years, and can be used in a variety of procedures like hip replacement but also orthopedics, spine and other trauma related surgeries as well.
CNT (Computer navigation tech) is in today’s age practiced by the best orthopedic surgeons in knee and hip replacement for the most desirable results.
Total Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement also known as arthroplasty consists of replacing the problematic hip joint with an artificial (man made) biocompatible joint that is also called a prosthesis – which can be made of plastic, metal or ceramics – to aid the patient with permanently getting rid of pain in the hip and whatever instability the degenerative joint disease has caused. Deformity, vascular necrosis and other sports related trauma are also examples of cases where total hip replacement is needed and recommended.
This procedure, with the help of computer assistance in the form of navigation technology has the huge benefit of being minimally invasive and will lead to extremely precise alignment of the components which is obviously crucial for the procedure to be completely successful and enable the patient to experience full recovery and pain relief.
When going in for total hip replacement you will be in the hands of eminent and professionally trained expert that will use the computer navigation aid to complete the procedure. Here’s what the prosthesis consists of:
- A cup that replaces the hip socket
- A metal femoral stem that replaces the thighbone
- A metal or ceramic ball which is put in place of the head of the femur
The end result is complete pain alleviation and enhancing of mobility in the joint, with smooth movement that contains no friction as before.
The advanced computer software navigation system will create a 3d model of your hip joint – this will be customized based on your exact anatomy – and will form a digital blueprint and map if you will that helps the surgeon in planning and carrying out the surgery. It also has a very advanced monitoring system that consists of:
- Infrared camera with navigational capabilities
- LED technology
- Specialized navigation software
In the time of the procedure, the surgeon will take the patient’s leg and move it slowly in different motions while using the computer to make all the measurements and create the 3d model and mapping that will be used for the procedure.
Some of the other benefits of a computer assisted total hip replacement surgery consists of:
- Optimal implant fitting with advanced adjustment that enables extension of the implant life
- Smaller incisions, minimum muscle disruption, early recovery due to decreased rehabilitation period making this procedure less invasive.
- Offers better visualization of the structures and anatomy which is predominantly essential in minimally invasive procedures.
- Provides instantaneous feedback to the surgeons on the exact location of the implant and bids the potential to correct any errors during the surgery.
You should definitely take this procedure into consideration if you want to finally get rid of that nagging hip pain.