Earlier this month, Dr. Soffer attended a masters course in shoulder arthroplasty focusing on computer-assisted surgery. This course was centered around a new computer navigation system that helps shoulder surgeons do more precise shoulder replacements, it’s one of the most cutting-edge surgical technologies available today. At our office, we pride ourselves in staying up-to-date with the latest techniques and innovations in the realm of orthopedic surgery, attending events like this is just one of the ways we keep on top of different perspectives and clinical procedures.
What is Computer-Assisted Surgery?
Technology has always provided a vital role in shoulder arthroplasty and other orthopedic procedures, but the advancements in surgical tech today are unprecedented and more precise and effective than ever.
With computer-assisted surgery, surgeons use a computer navigation software to create a 3D map of the patient’s shoulder so that the surgeon can see the exact position the instruments in real time. Getting this real-time feedback allows surgeons to:
- Adjust their operating technique if necessary,
- Decrease intraoperative errors,
- Avoid potential damage to surrounding tissue,
- And optimize their surgical results.
Is Computer-Assisted Surgery the Future of Orthopedic Medicine?
Use of this technology is widespread and many believe that yes, computer-assisted surgery is the future of orthopedics. Seeing and manipulating the 3D imaging alone is invaluable to surgeons, compared to the traditional X-ray method.
For procedures such as hip and knee replacement, which surgeons have been doing for decades, computer navigation now allows us to pinpoint the precise nature of the problem, and ensure that the replacement material is perfectly custom-fit. Without computer advancements like this and aerospace-grade cameras and software, surgical results would not be nearly as optimal as they are today.
Contact Dr. Soffer To Learn More About Computer-Assisted Surgery
Do you have questions about joint replacement surgery? Are you suffering from a torn meniscus or Achilles tendon? Dr. Soffer is not only one of the leading orthopedic surgeons in the Greater Philadelphia area, but he continues to research and lecture about orthopedic medicine and contribute to medical journals to advance his field and bring a higher quality of care to patients. To speak to someone in our office about your surgical or sports medicine needs, and to set up an appointment with Dr. Soffer, call (610) 375-4949.