November 15, 2021
Editorial 15 November 2021
“Innovation comes out of great human ingenuity and very personal passions”
American Engineer & Technologist
It is an undeniable fact that Orthopaedics, more than many surgical specialities, is very implant dependant.
Over many decades implants have significantly enhanced our capabilities as Surgeons and most importantly the outcomes for patients.
Immobilisation has been minimised, recovery accelerated and years of additional function and pain-free existence have been added, which without implants would have been impossible.
It is easy to take for granted that much of the surgical technology we rely upon today has required evolution. Lessons, sometimes painful, have been learned and costs have been borne.
No matter how well regulated the system, or well designed and manufactured the implant, the main costs are not financial ones, they are the costs to patients who are part of this process.
Unforeseen issues are things that only long-term usage reveals, and for now seems an unavoidable aspect of progress.
Our duty as Surgeons is to execute every part of every operation to the highest level, to minimise the identifiable risk, and most particularly implant related steps are a key part of that.
Companies provide detailed information on their implants that must be relied upon, as well as many and excellent options for training and mentoring that should be taken.
As practicing Surgeons the Editorial board at OrthOracle have felt that one element that we could usefully add to the information available is a step by step demonstration of how an experienced practitioner uses an implant, together with their own reflections and perspective.
The implants we demonstrate on the platform are there on merit and because an Editor relies on them in their own Surgical practice.