Ashley Libby Diaz, VP of Marketing, OrthoGrid
It goes without saying that orthopedic surgery is complex, and therefore, the outcomes are prone to a degree of uncertainty and inconsistency. It relies on intraoperative technologies like fluoroscopic imaging, which, despite being a crucial tool for many procedures, is subject to distortion—invisible to the naked eye. Also, surgeons often witness that post-operative x-rays look different than their final intraoperative images. Uncorrected fluoroscopic distortion could be one explanation for this common occurrence. Further, orthopedic surgery outcomes rely on the achievement of precise anatomic and implant alignment. Without a means to objectively assess and accurately measure alignment, surgeons are left to rely on their experience, expertise, and eyes. Finally, much of the technology that is available to assist orthopedic surgeons with precise surgical steps is invasive in nature, which can be a source of infections.
The company is a global MedTech leader aiming to transform orthopedic surgery by offering intraoperative alignment software solutions. Focused on delivering efficient, effective, and economic digital solutions that save time and money, OrthoGrid adds value to facilities, orthopedic surgeons, and their patients. “There are innumerable ways our digital research and technology can further transform orthopedic surgery, from surgeon performance to patient outcomes, and add even greater value to the value-based healthcare model,” says Ashley Libby Diaz, the VP of Marketing at OrthoGrid. Technology that saves time and money associated with surgery will be critical for hospitals and surgery centers when they are able to start clearing the backlog of patients who had their elective surgeries postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
OrthoGrid Hip for direct anterior approach total hip arthroplasty (DAA THA) corrects fluoroscopic distortion and provides key tools and templates that enable surgeons to objectively assess and accurately measure key alignment factors such as hip offset, leg length, and cup angle. The solution does all of this noninvasively through C-arms that are already used in these procedures. Recent research out of Straub Medical Center in Honolulu, HI based on a single, high-volume surgeon and published in the Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA) in 2020, concluded that OrthoGrid Hip digital gridding system “demonstrated an efficient method for consistent and accurate cup positioning and restoration of hip symmetry following DAA THA” while maintaining low overall surgical and fluoroscopy times.
OrthoGrid’s technology certainly factors into that equation for DAA THA procedures and at an affordable cost that is palatable for hospitals and surgery centers alike. OrthoGrid Hip has the ability to recognize and track specific anatomical landmarks, such as the pelvic teardrop. This capability facilitates consistent and accurate placement of specific templates used throughout the DAA THA procedure to help surgeons achieve their desired anatomic and implant alignment. This landmark recognition and tracking is enabled by AI that is designed to minimize direct interaction with software, enhance surgeons’ workflows, and help surgeons achieve reproducible results. Ashley mentions that the company hears many stories about the impact of their technology on both routine and complex DAA THA cases from surgeons for both OrthoGrid’s manual technology, HipGrid®
Drone, and digital application, OrthoGrid Hip (sometimes called PhantomMSK®
Hip). One such story is of Justin Brothers, MD, an adult reconstruction surgeon at OrthoSC in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. According to Dr. Brothers, his 72-year-old female patient presented with “a short lateral offset in conjunction with a long femoral neck (which) can be confounding to address due to the tendency to increase the lateral offset to equalize the leg length.” He goes on to say, “the HipGrid was utilized to reveal the distortion and mitigate the risk of error or reliance on incorrect information from fluoroscopy.” Dr. Brothers concludes by saying, “The outcome of the surgical procedure for this patient was a precise and effective joint restoration with demonstrably equal leg lengths and mechanically optimized lateral offset using HipGrid technology.”
There are innumerable ways our digital technology can further transform orthopedic surgery, from surgeon performance to patient outcomes
OrthoGrid is also seeking novel and creative ways to educate orthopedic surgeons in this ever-changing world. To do so, they partnered with Osso VR to create a virtual reality (VR) training platform for OrthoGrid Hip, which allows the company to train orthopedic surgeons on the proficient use of its technology for DAA THA in a simulated operating room. OrthoGrid will continue to invest in and leverage emerging technologies to digitally transform orthopedic surgery. Not stopping there, the company has some exciting launches in 2021.
“Although we have contributed to the orthopedic field, primarily in the DAA THA space historically, we are always looking at procedures in which our technology can make a significant difference. OrthoGrid holds a robust, patent-protected, intellectual property (IP) portfolio on its technology, which continues to expand. As such, facilities and surgeons can count on advancements and expansions in our product portfolio,” concludes Ashley.