Bringing Simulation to Surgery: Improving The Success Rate of Hip Replacements
Joint replacement surgery is one of the most successful procedures in medicine because it can relieve pain and permit patients to return to productive lifestyles. However, there are times when joint replacements need to be redone because of loosening or wear. One way to enhance the conventional joint replacement process is to evaluate the effects of an operation prior to surgery. What is the correct type of implant for this patient? Where, precisely, should it be placed? How should it be installed and secured? Surgeons currently cannot address these issues except by trial and error and clinical experience, which can take years to develop. Yet their decisions may determine the success or failure of these operations.