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Improving Surgery  –  Shoulder Replacement with MR

In describing the procedure – “This integration enables surgeons to develop and execute highly personalized surgical plans with greater precision, ultimately improving patient outcomes,” said Dr. Choueka. This, combined with MR technology, brings pre-operative planning and real-time execution closer together – providing a more streamlined and precise surgical process. By displaying the 3D holographic surgical plan within the surgeon’s field of view, MR technology reduces the need for additional screens and allows for more efficient and accurate implant placement.

During the surgery, the Maimonides surgeons wore headsets that superimposed a 3D hologram based on software-created CT scans of the patient, Maria, over the line of sight. This technology enabled the surgeons to see the anatomy and surgical site precisely and helped guide the exact placement of the prosthetic. The replacement surgery took about 90 minutes to complete.

“ I had a large rotator cuff tear that led to arthritis of the shoulder ” said Maria, the patient.  “ The pain became a 10 out of 10. I couldn’t use my arm for anything, even simple tasks. I also had a lot of trouble sleeping at night.”

With this success, Dr. Choueka said “ the team plans to incorporate MR technology into all shoulder replacement surgeries at Maimonides going forward. In addition, we will explore the potential of MR technology in other orthopedic fields, such as trauma and reconstructive surgery. Our goal is to leverage the benefits of MR technology to enhance patient care across various specialties.”

Further, Dr. Choueka indicated “ The MR technology provides patients the best chance of achieving their goals by optimizing implant placement for improved motion, function, and longevity, ultimately reducing the likelihood of revision surgeries. It’s exciting to bring our patients here and utilize new technology and innovations. This capability sets a new benchmark for what can be achieved in shoulder replacement procedures and push the boundaries of surgical excellence. We anticipate that future advancements will provide more direct guidance and real-time feedback during surgical procedures, further improving patient care.”

If interesting in watching the surgery video, click here

April 12, 2023   CAIL Innovation commentary     905-940-9000