Archive Orthopedic Surgery 2019

What's New in Arthroscopic Visualization

Give your surgeons a crystal clear view of what's happening, when it's happening.

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Dan O'Connor, Editor-in-Chief


Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR
IN-JOINT VISIBILITY Effective arthroscopic surgery hinges on obtaining and maintaining adequate visualization throughout the procedure.

As the arthroscope knocks around the dark and fluid-filled field of the orthopedic surgeon's cramped quarters, impossibly crisp and colorful video streams live on the sleek monitor. With not a weak link along the 4K UHD optical chain, the camera head, the camera control unit and the monitor work in unison to create ultra-high-definition images that are 4 times the resolution and 4 times the color reproduction of standard HD. Good visualization is critical for successful arthroscopic surgeries, where it all comes down to how well your physicians can see in the joint so they know when to tamp something down and when to trim something out.

As Joleen Harrison, BSN, RN, CASC, the administrative director at the 4-OR Mankato (Minn.) Surgery Center, says, "Surgeons want to see an absolute clear picture." Manufacturers have responded with advanced visualization systems that offer your surgeons unparalleled image resolution and color reproduction. Here are some features to look for when picking a picture-perfect arthroscopy video platform.

1. Autoclavable. Many of today's camera heads are fully autoclavable, a sterilization benefit not lost on John Kelly, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa. He remembers not so long ago when "we used to have to bag our cameras because they were not autoclavable."

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