Minimally invasive computer-assisted procedure for less post-operative pain and a faster recovery
Osteoarthritis (OA) represents a major health issue in Sri Lanka. It can affect any joint, but it occurs most often in knees, hips, lower back and neck. According to recent estimates, the number of arthroplasties performed annually in Sri Lanka has doubled in the last decade.
The longevity of arthroplasty prostheses depend mostly on the correct alignment of the prosthetic components, soft tissue balancing and restoring the mechanical axis. It is generally accepted that computer-assisted surgery leads to better prosthetic alignment and a higher degree of accuracy than traditional surgery with standard instruments.
Orthopaedic surgeons at Durdans have been at the forefront of Minimally-Invasive Surgical (MIS) joint replacement in Sri Lanka and have adopted surgical navigation into their procedures since July. Initial surgeries were led by Australian-based Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. David Young, who specialises in sports medicine and arthritis surgery.
“This is a major leap towards the future of Orthopaedic surgery in Sri Lanka,” says Dr. Ashan Abeywardena, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Durdans. “To integrate minimally-invasive surgical replacement with computer-assisted navigation in a single procedure is truly remarkable, as it leads to better scars, less post-operative pain and a faster return to physical activity.”
The computer-assisted navigation system is similar to the location and directional tracking systems used for cars. Informative positioning calculations will be displayed on a graphically intuitive screen, which dynamically changes with the individual patient’s anatomy. This will ensure the exact alignment and long-term survival of implanted prosthesis.
“We have always considered integrating computer-assisted total joint applications with minimally invasive instrumentation as one of our priorities,” says Dr. Wimal Karandagoda, Chief Operating Officer and Director Medical Services at Durdans.”Since minimally invasive total knee replacement procedures are still in the early adoption phase, we are confident that Durdans can strengthen its position in the segment with a high-precision, next generation solution.”
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