Farmington Hills, Mich., March 17, 2006 – Botsford orthopedic surgeon Robert Colen, D.O., became the first surgeon in Michigan to use a computer-assisted navigation system in mini anterior joint replacement surgery earlier today.
Dr. Colen coupled minimally invasive joint replacement techniques with a GPS-like surgical navigation system that allows more accurate and precise alignment of the artificial joint implant to successfully replace the right hip of a 57-year-old
According to Dr. Colen, patients have embraced the use of minimally invasive joint replacement procedures because of short hospital stays, faster recovery times and limited post-surgical pain but he said there is a risk of early implant failure if the implant is misaligned during surgery. “The new technology allows us to see exactly what is happening real-time during the procedure,” Dr. Colen said.
The high tech navigation system uses tiny cameras to track the position of the patient’s anatomy and the surgical instruments throughout the procedure. A three-dimensional display on a monitor allows for maximum surgical precision. “It is putting space- age technology to work for our patients,” said Colen.
Minimally-invasive joint replacement surgery uses specially adapted surgical tools and techniques to place an artificial implant into a patient's hip joint through incisions that are much smaller than those used for conventional hip replacement surgery. The smaller incision allows the surgeon to work between muscles, tendons and ligaments rather than cutting through these soft tissues. Much of the pain associated with conventional hip surgery is the result of severing these tissues.
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