Archive Hot Technology 2019

Total Knees Go High-Tech

Robotics, custom implants and alignment tools are helping surgeons enhance joint function and improve long-term outcomes.

Matthew Nojiri


Adam Gee, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
NORTHERN PIONEER "With robotic technology, more patients will have access to partial replacements instead of defaulting to total knee replacement," says Anthony Adili, MD, FRCSC, the first Canadian surgeon to perform a robotic knee replacement.

Each year over the next decade, between 1 million and 3 million patients are expected to have their knees replaced, and many will want to leave the OR with natural-feeling new joints that let them hike, bowl or get back on the tennis court as soon as possible. The exploding demand for knee replacements is good for business, but do enough surgeons have the experience needed to perform the procedures effectively? It’s a fair question to ask when you consider that, by some estimates, surgeons who do fewer than 30 knee replacements a year perform about 80% of arthroplasties.

High-tech solutions that take some of the guesswork out of performing knee replacements could level the playing field between high- and low-volume docs, but surgeons of all skill levels can benefit from working with technologies that help them place implants that perform better and last longer.

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