COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the first in Ohio to successfully perform shoulder replacement surgery using a mixed reality 3D hologram. Dr. Greg Cvetanovich, orthopedic surgeon and shoulder specialist, performed the procedure today. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is one of only 15 sites in the nation to offer the technology to patients, which is in a limited release.
Stryker’s Blueprint Mixed Realty provides surgeons a digital 3D holographic view of a patient’s pre-operative plan, enabling real-time visualization of implant positioning and surgical decision-making. The technology has the potential for a more precise and personalized shoulder replacement compared to traditional surgical options.
“This technology allows me to bring the 3D pre-operative plan into the operating room as a hologram that can be manipulated in real time during the surgery. This lets me more precisely perform shoulder replacements tailored to the unique anatomy of each patient so they can have the best possible outcome,” said Dr. Cvetanovich. “Technology like mixed reality gives us an opportunity to significantly reduce variability in the way surgery is performed, which can help reduce complications and improve overall patient outcomes.”
The 3D hologram technology enables a surgeon to maintain a direct view of the surgical site and simultaneously visualize and manipulate a holographic representation of the patient’s native anatomy and pre-operative plan. By using hand gestures and voice commands, the surgeon can interact with a robust data set to optimize the position of the 3D holographic models. This can allow the surgeon to replicate the pre-operative plan as closely as possible given the availability of information while operating.
“As mixed reality continues to advance, I see it becoming a unique, cost-efficient way to execute surgical plans and provide medical education,” said Cvetanovich.
Today, about 53,000 people in the U.S. have shoulder replacement surgery each year, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.