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How sports injuries linked João Oliveira to orthopedics

João Pedro Oliveira is an orthopedist at the University Hospital of Coimbra and a researcher at the Neuroscience Center of Coimbra, in Portugal, who discovered his passion for the orthopedic field through the treatment of sports injuries.

He has a clear perception on the use of new technologies and systems like PeekMed® in other countries and he’s sure that “it is beneficial and will help and improve the care and services provided” and somehow “it should be included in the curricular plan of the Medicine course.”

Do you think that young doctors will have an easier time adopting this type of preparation system for orthopedic surgeries? Why?

Maybe. I think what’s important is that these type of systems are easy and intuitive for all age groups.

When it comes to research in the orthopedic field, what does an orthopedist lack for a safer surgery? What do you think that is lacking in the orthopedic field that exists in other areas of medicine?

We don’t miss anything, in particular. The planning has always been done but in the future, I am sure they will and it can be improved.

In your opinion, what are the biggest gaps in clinical practice in orthopedics?

The lack of knowledge about biology and immunology in orthopedic lesions, still the biggest issue.

The planning is still an important step in improving surgical procedures. How do you see the future of orthopedics?

To be increasingly symbiotic with robotics and new technologies as well as with biology. In the future, I’m sure we will have fewer surgeries to do.

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