SALT LAKE CITY, UT – An orthopedic surgeon from LDS Hospital will demonstrate a new approach to knee replacement utilizing computer- and MRI-assisted patient-matching technology in a live, online broadcast that will be broadcast next Tuesday.
Surgeons from around the world will tune in to learn more about this new technology, and people from the community are also invited to watch.
LDS Hospital surgeon Joshua Hickman, MD, will do the surgery Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m., and will answer questions from fellow physicians and curious members of the general public using social media tools. It's a novel means of training other practitioners in the new technique, and also pulls back the curtain so that the public can get a peek inside the operating room — if they aren't too squeamish.
"This is a tremendous opportunity to teach surgeons around the world about this procedure and how it can help their patients. They won't have to take days off of work to travel to a conference to learn how to use this system," says Dr. Hickman. "I expect surgeons around the world to watch this."
The surgery will take place May 10, at 7 p.m., at LDS Hospital and will be broadcast live at http://www.orlive.com/smith-nephew/combinedtechnologies.
No registration is required to watch the surgery.
Dr. Hickman says the surgery is different from conventional knee-replacement techniques. The system utilizes MRI technology to map out each patient’s alignment and anatomy. This information is used to generate a computer-assisted model or jig to prepare the knee to accept an implant, which corresponds with the patient’s anatomy. As a result, physicians can more accurately choose the best size and alignment of the implant.
Conventional knee replacements rely on rods inside the bone to align the knee. Dr. Hickman says surgeons using this system don’t need to violate the inside of the bone. That means patients lose less blood and are able to leave the hospital more quickly. He also says that because each joint is completely customized to each individual's anatomy, the joint is expected to have a longer life than traditional artificial knees, which can wear out more quickly if they aren't properly aligned.
The system may also help reduce healthcare costs, says Dr. Hickman, because he requires fewer instruments during surgery and fewer OR personnel.
In addition to the live broadcast, LDS Hospital will also tweet information from the operating room at twitter.com/ldshospital and post updates on Facebook. People who are interested in asking Dr. Hickman a question can post their queries on facebook.com/ldshospital before or during the surgery.