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Improving lifestyle with surgical advances

In any type of surgery, accuracy and precision are the main keywords. They are critical for achieving a positive outcome and even more important when dealing with delicate cases.

The truth is, for a patient, a surgery can be quite scary, but there is no denying that doctors are aware about what they are doing and are saving lives every day. Over the past few decades, major advancements were made in the orthopedic and traumatology fields, making surgeries now safer than ever.

Technology became part of the innovative orthopedic care.

Bariatric surgery is one of the most common procedures, designed to help a patient lose weight. Dr. John Cheregi (Centegra Health System in McHenry County) said that about 300 bariatric surgeries were performed every year at Centegra, including gastric bypasses, vertical sleeve gastrectomies and adjustable gastric bandings, or, as they are commonly referred to, lap-bands – “Most patients learn about bariatric surgery from searching sites on the internet”.
Bodies are made up of muscles and bones, but without tendons, their function would be almost impossible. Not only do tendons hold muscle, bone and joints together, they are also what allows joints to move as they should. Modern technologies, including arthroscopies, have been of enormous assistance in helping tendons recover from whatever injury that might have occurred.

Cutting-edge technology is crucial for today’s spine surgery, and imaging advances have been invaluable for those who have to perform them. Today, advanced imaging technology guides help to place every screw in real time – CT scanners in the operating room are used to generate three-dimensional images of the spine at the same time as the team operates.

PeekMed® offers an hybrid environment that is only available when using digital CT or MRI images. The window is split into three major sections:

  • Procedures section bar on the left;
  • 2D section using MIP (Maximum Intensity Projection);
  • Section with anatomical 3D model.

In this system, the surgeon has access to the digital image of the chosen plane (Axial, Coronal or Sagittal). This is where all of the pre-surgical planning is made – from measurements to anatomical segmentations. The results of the performed actions in the 2D section are displayed (e.g. the position of a fragment is visualized in the 3D model or the templates inserted, if they are available in 3D).

It is also possible to perform pre-surgical planning in the 3D environment only, using 3D models of the patient’s anatomical structure.

The evolution of medical technology is allowing orthopedic field to grow day by day. As we continue advancing, we look forward to the introduction of more techniques that can help a larger number of professionals.

 

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