A new “first-ever” augmented reality guided surgery has been done by a team of New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH). This time, it was a total hip replacement and again benefits are clear in term of total surgical time and patient recovery (due to minimally-invasive surgical approach).
“This is the first joint replacement technology using augmented reality to project patient-specific content inside the patient’s body,” said David Mattingly, MD, Clinical Chair of Orthopedics and Surgeon in Chief at NEBH. “Misplaced acetabular components are one of the leading causes of dislocations and revision surgery, however the AR software enables surgeons to place the acetabular component in the proper orientation according to each individual’s anatomy. This is a major step forward in terms of how surgery can be performed, and we look forward to offering this to our patients far and wide.”