Health experts are touting this procedure as a significant advancement, one that could change how orthopedic surgeons perform hip replacement surgery in the future.
Dr. Chris Patton used the DePuy Ci System, a company of Johnson & Johnson, during surgery Monday at Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green.
"With the recent addition of this technology for the hip, we now hope to
improve the function of hip replacement and improve upon position of the implant through surgery."
The system uses sensors to create a digital model of the patient's hip, and a 3-D model of the joint is displayed on a touch-screen computer monitor. Doctors say the system allows more precise cuts, less invasive surgery, and more accurate placement of the implants.
Other advantages may include reduced recovery time and in many cases, a shorter hospital stay. The computer-assisted surgery doesn't cost any extra for the patient either.
Kentucky's first recipient of the computer-assisted hip replacement is said to be doing well.
Dr. Patton says the results look promising and he will continue to utilize this technology on patients in the future.