Navigated THR is a technique that employs computer-assisted technology during the surgical procedure to enhance precision and accuracy. It involves the use of infrared cameras, specialised instruments, and computer software to create a virtual model of the patient's hip joint. The surgeon can then use this virtual model to plan the surgery, make precise measurements, and guide the placement of the prosthesis during the actual procedure.
During navigated THR, infrared cameras track the position of the surgical instruments and provide real-time feedback to the surgeon, allowing for precise alignment and positioning of the prosthesis. This technology helps optimise the fit and function of the artificial joint, potentially leading to improved outcomes such as better range of motion, reduced risk of dislocation, and longer-lasting results.
The benefits of navigated THR include enhanced accuracy, reduced risk of errors, improved implant positioning, and potentially improved long-term survival rates of the prosthesis. The technology provides real-time feedback to the surgeon, enabling adjustments and corrections during the surgery to achieve optimal results. Additionally, it allows for better assessment of leg length and joint stability, which are crucial factors in achieving a successful outcome.
While navigated THR offers significant advantages, it is worth noting that the technique requires specialised training and equipment. Surgeons must undergo additional training to become proficient in using the navigation system, and hospitals need to invest in the necessary infrastructure and technology. As a result, navigated THR may not be widely available in all healthcare facilities.