The medical field is always growing and changing. Doctors are always trying to create the best patient experience and perfecting treatments. Today, there are procedures available for some conditions that might have been the end of someone ten years ago. Just like other areas in medicine, orthopedics has evolved over the years to become a specialty that treats numerous conditions.
Increased Use of Arthroscopy
Over the past ten years, both patients and orthopedic surgeons have come to appreciate the advancements in diagnosis and musculoskeletal conditions, made possible by the arthroscope. Recent advances have seen the improvement in instrumentation and arthroscopic techniques in the treatment of body joints.
Initially, the arthroscope was primarily used by knee surgeons. However, its use has widely evolved and it is currently being used to treat almost all other joints. Even spine surgeons are now using the arthroscope.
Joint Arthroplasty Advancements
Innovations and improvements in articulation surfaces, materials, outcomes research, and operative management practices have worked together over the last 20 years to increase function and decrease implant wear after procedures involving joint replacement. Joint arthroplasty has been a major beneficiary, especially in alternative bearing surface technologies, discovery of porous materials, resurfacing surgery, and polyethylene advances.
Growing Popularity of Ultrasound
Over the past ten years, there has been increased ultrasound imaging clarity. This has enabled medical practitioners a better diagnosis of soft-tissue abnormalities and using the technology for tendon healing. The technology has dramatically improved over the past 15 years. This improvement allows better accuracy when targeting specific areas better than other techniques used before.
Although invented more than 50 years ago, its use has gained popularity over the last 20 years. Surgeons have found the use of C-arm fluoroscopy an almost indispensable tool. Advances such as the mini C-arm and the mobile C-arm allow a smaller package of imagery which can be accomplished in numerous settings.
MAKOplasty Robotic Surgical System
The newest advancement in orthopedic surgery is the use of MAKOplasty robotics. It is a less invasive and innovative option for joint replacements. The procedure is carried out using a robotic arm system controlled by a surgeon.
It is designed to increase the range of motion and stability. Some of the benefits include preservation of healthy tissue and bone, precision during operations, optimal implant positioning thus a more natural feel, shorter hospital stays and a more rapid recovery.