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ADVANCED SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY COMES TO NEWTON-WELLESLEY HOSPITAL
Pre-Operative Planning Tool Ensures Accuracy and Precision with Orthopaedic Procedures
NEWTON, Mass. (September 11, 2007) – Surgeons at The Jim & Ellen Kaplan Center for Joint Reconstruction Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital are now offering patients the latest in joint surgery technology. Newton-Wellesley Hospital has purchased an advanced digital orthopedic surgical planning and templating product called TraumaCad, a leading software solution from Orthocrat Ltd.
The new technology allows surgeons to manipulate digital diagnostic images, apply digital templates to the image, and plan for various surgical joint procedures electronically. It also expands a surgeon’s preoperative planning capabilities – an essential step surgeons take to ensure successful outcomes for their patients.
“Effective planning for a patient’s surgery is a critical factor in having successful outcomes,” says Daniel Quinn, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Kaplan Center for Joint Reconstruction Surgery. “One of the key components in planning for surgery is having the most accurate information available. This new planning tool provides convenient access to high-quality, digital images, which allows for greater precision when mapping out a surgical procedure.”
Traditionally, surgeons planned for procedures using two-dimensional conventional X-ray images. “The method we’ve used in the past to plan for joint surgery is the traditional tracing method,” says Dr. Quinn. “The physician attaches the X-ray film to a light box using a clear overlay of the prosthesis to determine its placement during surgery. The surgeon then marks the appropriate position of the implants on the X-ray with a pencil.”
While this has proven to be a successful process for planning surgery, the new electronic templating tool allows for even greater accuracy and precision. TraumaCad, allows surgeons to develop state-of-the-art pre-operative surgery plans to treat various conditions such as degenerative joint disease, cartilage and labral injury, joint malalignment and ligament and tendon tears, including soft tissue injuries. Using the software, surgeons are able to view diagnostic orthopaedic images on their computer and manipulate these images to simulate the steps they will take during the actual surgical procedure. They are able to apply various digitally rendered and accurately sized fixation systems or prosthetic systems that will be used during the patient’s surgery.
“One of the biggest advantages to using TraumaCad is the ability to manipulate digital diagnostic images. The software gives us various magnification options, which help determine, with more precision, the shape and length of the bones and the exact deformity,” adds Dr. Quinn. “Using this software, we can make better predictions as to what will take place in the operating room.”
TraumaCad can be used for many orthopaedic procedures including joint replacement as well as complex reconstructions and osteotomies – the incision or transection of a bone. Surgeons at Newton-Wellesley’s Kaplan Joint Center use a variety of procedures to evaluate and treat joint disorders such as total joint arthroscopy, joint resurfacing and minimally invasive surgical techniques and are able to provide more outpatient options, shorter inpatient stays and faster recovery.
With this new tool, surgeons have the capability to easily and quickly test various techniques and products to determine the best process for the day of surgery. The templating tool gives surgeons the opportunity to test different surgical scenarios and compare them to various post-operative outcomes. This will help the surgeon identify successful techniques that result in better outcomes. The software also has an extensive and easily accessible database of implants and template libraries available to surgeons – providing all their surgical tools at the touch of a button.
The TraumaCad software uses X-rays taken by radiology specialists at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. The Radiology Department has the digital imaging technologies to allow for the electronic transmission of imaging data from one location to another with the click of a mouse. The images are then stored electronically in the Hospital’s Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS). This system allows images to be instantly accessed by radiologists and other Hospital physicians and departments, leading to quicker and more accurate interpretation of images. Orthopaedic surgeons are able to access their patient’s diagnostic images and use them with TraumaCad to effectively plan the patient’s surgery.
“We are delighted that Newton-Wellesley Hospital has chosen TraumaCad to enhance its orthopaedic surgical planning capabilities,” said Zeev Glozman, founder and CEO of Orthocrat. “TraumaCad works seamlessly with Newton-Wellesley’s PACS system, and its true thin-client, Web-based architecture enables physicians to access surgical plans and templates from anywhere.”
To provide more advanced imaging capabilities to orthopaedic surgeons at the Joint Center, the Radiology Department recently added a new digital imaging machine, the Kodak DR 3000. This new equipment will enhance the operational capabilities of the Radiology Department as well as improve the experience for joint patients. While the Kodak DR 3000 handles a full range of radiology procedures, the design of the device is especially conducive for patients with joint discomfort.
“Many patients with joint pain have decreased mobility,” says Brian McIntosh, Operations Manager in Radiology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. “The new machine has a movable arm allowing for greater ease in patient positioning and an adjustable, freestanding, movable table eliminating the inconveniences and discomfort that may be caused by a stationary table.”
The table is also radiolucent and permits the penetration and passage of X-rays or other forms of radiation. The Kodak DR 3000 technology is digital and has a direct-capture device, which produces an image in approximately four to five seconds. This technology replaces the use of computed radiology cassettes, which had to be manually removed from the machine and fed into a processor. The images are now sent electronically to a computer and can be accessed by surgeons at their computers to use with the TraumaCad software.
“Precision during surgery is highly dependent on the quality of the information available before the surgery even takes place,” says Dr. Quinn. “As a surgeon, having access to this planning tool allows me to provide the best possible patient care, while achieving successful surgical outcomes.”
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