The hip is one of the body’s largest joints, also known as a ball-and-socket joint. The bone surfaces of the ball and socket are covered with articular cartilage, a smooth tissue that cushions the ends of the bones and enables them to move easily. On a healthy hip, the membrane makes a small amount of fluid that lubricates the cartilage and eliminates almost all friction during hip movement. When the bone is damaged, a Total Hip Arthroplasty is the most common procedure to solve the problem.
The first hip replacement surgery was performed in 1960 and is still one of the most successful operations in all of medicine. Improvements in joint replacement surgical techniques and technology have greatly increased the success of this operation.
In a total hip arthroplasty (THA), the damaged bone and cartilage is removed and replaced with prosthetic components. The decision to have a THA surgery should be a cooperative one (made by the patients, their families, the family’s doctor, and the orthopedic surgeon). This decision usually begins with the referral for an initial evaluation by the primary doctor to an orthopedic surgeon … and that is where PeekMed® begins to work.
PeekMed® is a powerful 3D preoperative system for orthopedic surgery. When you have to communicate with your patient about their next steps and the final result after the total hip replacement, PeekMed® becomes the most accurate solution. This system is super intuitive and user-friendly. Using the 2D environment, 2D/3D hybrid environment, or a fully 3D environment the surgeon will be able to visualize with accuracy the templates’ dimensions, as well as, cut and move the fragments to know the surgery’s final result. It only takes a few seconds to download and install the software and there is even an app that will improve the communication between doctor, patient, and team. If you’re a doctor reading this article, you may want to try this system.
With PeekMed®, an orthopedic surgeon has access to a variety of tools and wizards that can only improve their daily workflow. For example, it aims to improve their team efficiency by up to 20%. Check how to plan a THA surgery in less than two minutes: