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New Study Shows No Improvement With Computer Surgery

By November 29, 2012

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In an effort to make knee replacements last as long as possible, doctors have tried a number of things to improve the longevity of implanted joints.  Some surgeons are using computer technology to guide the positioning of implanted knees in hopes that this will help improve accuracy and lead to longer lasting knee replacements.

While improved longevity of implanted knees is the goal, there has not been any evidence to show that computer-guided knee replacements actually last longer.  A new study compared results and found no difference between patients who had knee replacements using the computer technology.

Would you prefer a surgeon who used this computer-guided technology?  Leave your comments below...

Sources: Comparing Computer-Navigated Total Knee Arthroplasty With Conventional Total Knee Arthroplasty

Comments
December 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm
(1) George says:

My wife had a computer-assist knee replacement in June. No complications and her five month checkup (with xrays) showed a good alignment. She is able to walk without discomfort for at least two miles – also uses a treadmill for the same distance. Only noteworthy thing was that the area of entry for the computer probe on her ankle, actually the shin area, was slower to heal than the knee incision was.

December 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm
(2) Shirley Duckworth-Oates says:

I only know one knee consultant who uses computer-assisted knee surgery in the area and he is – in additional to his training in computer-assisted technology of the knee – a very ethical and kind man – - I have no hesitation as a chiropractor with no professional bias other than the personal interests of my patients to find the best consultant to recommend this man (Mr. Shameen Sampath at Brooklands Hospital in Salford, Manchester). I have every faith in this exceptional consultant and I know he believes that computer assisted technology can be superior to visual assessment in calculating the best degree at which the knee should be inserted in relation to the hip and the ankle – which is always very individual in accordance with the patient he is working on….

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