How Hospitals Can Benefit from Digital Orthopaedic Planning

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Preoperative planning and templating enable orthopaedic surgeons to prepare for joint replacement surgery, limit the risk of intraoperative complications, and improve patient communication. 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 patient complaints.

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Ross Barker (United Kingdom), explains why the hospital benefits when he uses Materialise OrthoView to digitally plan orthopaedic cases.

Orthopaedic Surgeron Dr. Ross Barker explains the benefits of orthopaedic pre-operative planning

Dr. Barker considers preoperative, digital planning key for joint replacement surgeries: “Digitally planning hip replacement cases is the safest, the most accurate, and the most responsible way to prepare to operate on a patient for joint replacement surgery.”

But the benefits offered by preoperative orthopaedic templating stretch far beyond the surgeon’s theatre. In this second episode of our interview series, learn about the advantages of digital planning for hospitals as it enables them to:

  • Plan ahead in terms of equipment requirements
  • Improve the management of implant stocks
  • Reduce the chances of complications
  • Lower the risk of complaints from patients
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Ross Barker looking using OrthoView to review xray images of hip joints on a laptop screen

Materialise OrthoView facilitates digital planning and templating for joint arthroplasty and revisions, trauma, limb deformity correction, osteotomy, and spinal assessment. Hospitals and orthopaedic clinics worldwide choose our software to complete their film-free radiology targets.

For more views from Dr. Ross Barker on digital pre-operative planning and its benefits for the patient, the orthopaedic surgeon, watch this video playlist.

Dr. Ross Barker | Orthopedic Hip Surgeons Benefit Directly from Digital Pre-Operative Planning

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Dr. Ross Barker


Dr. Ross Barker

Dr. Ross Barker specialises in hip and knee join replacements and trauma (the latter mostly around the time of the IOM TT, the annual motorbike race on the Isle of Man).  He has been using Materialise OrthoView to plan all his hip cases for over 10 years. He firmly believes that pre-operative planning will (and should) become mandatory in the future as he “cannot imagine undertaking hip replacement surgery without having planned it digitally.”

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