If you missed out on Swedish's live knee surgery in March, we have a recap for you - but five minutes of video instead of the five hours originally streamed!
On Tuesday, March 15, 2011, surgeons from the Swedish Orthopedic Institute offered the opportunity to see a knee surgery in a way that has rarely been done before by a healthcare system. Sean Toomey, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, repaired the knee of a patient, streamed live online. The webcast was moderated by orthopedic surgeon James Crutcher, MD. The patient, identified by Dr. Toomey as a candidate for a partial knee replacement procedure, volunteered and consented to have his knee replacement surgery streamed live.
The live webcast provided a rare front row seat into advances in surgical technology, featuring new robotic-assisted technology for knee replacements. During the surgery, the video portion of the webcast was embedded below, and was accompanied by a live chat. Viewers sent questions during the procedure using the live chat features (no login or account needed) or via Twitter using hash tag #livekneesurgery and were answered by the narrating physician during the webcast. Anyone interested in learning about orthopedic options at Swedish or surgical technology were encouraged to join the web stream.
Why a live knee surgery?
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, more than 500,000 people undergo surgery each year to have arthritic and damaged knees replaced. New technology is making recovery time shorter than ever, allowing patients to return to an active lifestyle. Swedish is home to the latest technological advancements in robotic-assisted knee surgery. This exclusive technology is currently available in Seattle only at Swedish.
The technology is designed to provide quicker recovery and better surgical results for patients with joint and knee problems. These advancements also offer younger patients the option to receive less invasive surgical knee treatments, preventing impending knee conditions from progressing or developing in later years. Drs. Toomey and Crutcher are part of an elite group of physicians in the country to perform this procedure.
Robotic-assisted knee surgery is a treatment option for some people living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis in the medial (inner), patellofemoral (top), or lateral (outer) compartments of the knee. It is a minimally invasive partial knee replacement procedure that makes it possible to precisely repair a knee with minimal blood loss and a smaller incision allowing patients to recover much faster than a traditional knee replacement.
During the surgery, the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, without compromising the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.