Mediclinic City Hospital performs first computer-assisted shoulder replacement surgery

  • Date: 01-Jun-2023
  • Source: Gulf News
  • Sector:Healthcare
  • Country:UAE
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Mediclinic City Hospital performs first computer-assisted shoulder replacement surgery

UAE-based Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Ved P. Goswami, FRCS, MS, MCh Orth (UK), has performed the first computer-assisted shoulder replacement surgery in the Middle East, using a new technology allowing live navigation of the operative site. The technology, ExactechGPS Total Shoulder Application, provides the surgeon with a real-time 3D computer model of a patient’s shoulder during surgery. It does this by combining CT scan images with data from instruments mounted with tiny infrared cameras. The software allows the surgeon to guide a bone drill mounted with an infrared camera to the exact location plotted out during pre-op planning and determine drilling depth, screw placement and the ability to adjust the pre-op surgical plan, if necessary. The cameras communicate with a computer tablet that displays a digital model of the patient’s shoulder, showing a drill location like a dot on a smartphone’s map app. The software allows surgeons to virtually plan the operation using a 3D anatomical model of the patient’s shoulder with images from a CT scan. Dr Goswami noted that it can be difficult to get a complete view of a patient’s shoulder anatomy during the actual surgery. “This dramatically improves accuracy,” says Dr Goswami. “It certainly allows you