SPA (Surgical Planning Associates) has announced HipInsight augmented reality, a significant step forward in hip surgery. HipInsight is an intra-operative guidance method for joint arthroplasty. The U.S. FDA provided Surgical Planning Associates with 501(k) clearance on January 28, 2021. SPA’s founder Dr. Stephen B. Murphy, performed the first hip arthroplasty using HipInsight last week. The surgery was carried out at North Atlantic Surgery Suites in Salem.
“Traditional navigation systems, robotics, and interoperative imaging provide information on flat screens outside the surgeon’s view of the patient, leaving the process disjointed and awkward. The HipInsight system enables surgeons to stay focused on the patient, projecting holograms on AR glasses that effectively give them ‘x-ray vision,’ so that surgeons can see what they need to see when they need to see it, right inside the patient’s body.” – Dr. Murphy.
The HipInsight AR system is the first FDA approved surgical guidance platform to be held entirely within a head-mounted Microsoft HoloLens 2. The platform combines virtual interoperative guidance and cloud-based preoperative planning to enable surgeons to be precise in the most crucial aspects of the operation, which can improve the likelihood of successful outcomes. The HipInsight augmented reality system also gives a more seamless and natural solution compared to expensive and cumbersome traditional robotic and navigation methods.
“It’s amazing to be able to actually see the entire bony anatomy, implants and instruments inside the patient while you’re operating. This is the kind of technology surgeons have been striving for – when you try it for the first time, it’s just a mind-blowing experience.” – Dr. Daniel Ward, Longwood Orthopedic Associates.
“What’s remarkable about the HipInsight system is how natural it feels. It’s how you would operate if you actually had x-ray vision – you can see exactly what you need to do at all times, even if the patient shifts position on the table. This is a game-changer.” – Dr. Grayson Connors, Excel Orthopaedics.
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