Digital templating technologies gold standard for orthopaedic care in UAE

Orthopaedic surgeons need dimensional data with precise measurements as surgery can have a significant knock-on effect on a patient’s mobility.

July 15, 2019 Inga Louisa Stevens

Technology and digitalisation are propelling the UAE healthcare sector forward, triggering unprecedented patient demand. Healthcare digitalisation has moved beyond using novel machines for diagnostic procedures and treatment methods to include secure cloud-based data sharing, precision medicine and technology-enabled care. Experts are using artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality, 3d printing and security advances to streamline processes and bring novel solutions to market to optimise overall health outcomes.

Predictable outcome

Orthoview is an innovative application being used by surgeons at Medcare Orthopedics and Spine Hospital in Dubai, UAE, to increase precision of preoperative planning, which allows them to achieve a more predictable outcome.

“Pre-operative planning and templating enables orthopaedic surgeons to prepare for joint replacement surgery, limit the risk of intraoperative complications, and improve patient care. These advantages translate into direct benefits for the hospital as well, ranging from more efficient implant stock management to a significant reduction in complications and complaints and potential litigation,” says Dr. Paul Macnamara, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Medcare Orthopedics and Spine Hospital.

The main driver of software-based digital orthopaedic templating was the introduction of computed and digital radiography systems.

“Using these templating systems such as Orthoview, we have a lot more confidence going into surgery compared with just using anatomical landmarks alone. The more information we have when planning surgery, the better, as this means we can perform quicker and more accurate surgeries and can holistically think about the effects on surrounding anatomy,” Macnamara explains.

Digital evolution

The advanced technology essentially places templates of prosthesis on the patients X-ray with high accuracy. Orthopaedic surgeons in particular need dimensional data with precise measurements as surgery can have a significant knock-on effect on a patient’s mobility.

“We are embracing the digital evolution in orthopaedics as these technologies greatly improve efficiency and enable us to give our patients optimal outcomes,” Macnamara adds.

As technologies and digitalisation further develop in the near future, we will see more healthcare providers seek to harness these dynamic new technologies to improve patient outcomes and offer more efficient solutions.

We are embracing the digital evolution in orthopaedics as these technologies greatly improve efficiency and enable us to give our patients optimal outcomes.

Dr. Paul Macnamara

Pre-operative planning and templating enables orthopaedic surgeons to prepare for joint replacement surgery, limit the risk of intraoperative complications, and improve patient care.