Operating with a computer-assisted visualization guide consisting of one high-def TV for Dr. Stefan Kreuzer and another for an associate who keeps watch over the software, a robotic arm gently directs the surgeon’s hand as he chisels an ever-so-precise chunk from the tip of a patient’s arthritis-damaged femur. Should Kreuzer wander off course the least little bit, the computer squawks irritably, then locks him down cold.
Using a device that looks more like a torture rack than a surgical table, surgeons are now able to replace a hip through the front of the pelvis, limiting tissue and muscle damage and leading to faster recovery.
Recovery times cut in half
As people live longer, more active lives, hip replacement surgery is becoming more and more common. Thanks to innovative technology, surgeons are getting people back on their feet doing what they love, faster.
Pat Groves has been a runner for more than 20 years. But the past 10 haven’t been easy.