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The Intelligent Surgery Blog

Orthopedic Surgeon conducting preop planning

Pre-op Planning and Optimization: How to Ease Orthopedic Surgeon Burden

-     86% of surgeons reported an increase in preoperative workload before Total Joint Arthroplasty or TJA (2020 AAHKS surveys)

-     There is a huge need for faster, safer, and more accurate preoperative efficiency for elective orthopedic procedures

-     Intelligent AI-based preoperative planning solutions can ease the overall preoperative burden for surgeons and their staff

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an orthopedic surgeon looking at an x-ray for a patient-matched solution

Increasing Preoperative Care Efficiencies with Patient-Matched Solutions

Prepping for surgery starts long before the surgeon scrubs up and walks into the operating room. For medical device companies, the logistics of planning for surgery involves inventory management, communication with the surgeon, and even tracking expenses. This person is responsible for all the instruments and implants in the operating room, and that is not a task to be taken lightly.

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Orthopedic Surgeons engaging in preoperative planning

How Better Preoperative Planning Can Help Improve Patient Recovery

  • The longer the surgery, the greater the risk of post-surgical complications for patients. 
  • Since most THAs and TKAs are elective procedures, better pre-operative planning can help improve patient outcomes. 

Surgical Time Affects Post-Surgical Complications

According to a study by the University of Chicago, patients who undergo THA or TKA surgery longer than 87 minutes are at a higher risk of wound complications. Longer surgical times also increase the risk of sepsis. And a review of over 200,000 TKAs performed in the United States showed that the operative time was strongly related to patient Length of Stay (LOS). LOS is a significant factor affecting patient outcomes.  And though rare after total joint surgery in the United States, longer surgical times are associated with sepsis  - a severe complication that can elevate a patient’s mortality rate.

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primary total hip arthroplasty surgical planning

Preoperative Planning for Total Hip Arthroplasty in ASCs

Preoperative Planning for Total Hip Arthroplasty in ASCs:
Improving Accuracy, Efficiency, and Patient Satisfaction

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) are changing the face of orthopedic procedures. THA surgeries in an ASC setting have been successful with low reoperation rates, readmission rates, infection rates, and patient satisfaction scores as high as 99%. For now, slightly more than 500 ASCs in the United States offer total joint replacement surgeries as outpatient procedures. But that number is rapidly increasing.  

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