Simply put, orthopedics is a branch of medicine that deals with the restoration of bones, joints, and muscles. This sector has its share of experiences both in the positive and negative angles. The following are some of the emerging developments in the industry:
The trend involves the administration of orthobiolocigal elements in the regenerative process of bones. For instance, an orthopedic surgeon can apply bone marrow aspirates and other technologies in a regenerative process to restore affected bone in a particular body part, such as the knee or hip.
Lack of New Devices for Surgical Activities
Surgeons in the orthopedics world attest to the difficulty in obtaining new and appropriate devices to the market. This eventually hinders research and development especially in smaller companies that find it too costly to fund their research and development activities. The situation also leads to consolidation of smaller companies.
Due to the high cost of R&D activities, the surgeons should collaborate with manufacturers of orthopedic equipment in a bid to come up with cost-effective and safer technologies. Often, there is a conflict of interest between the companies’ economic drive and the need for safer, cost-effective equipment for surgical operations or implants.
Integration of Innovative Devices
More practitioners and industries are adopting the integration of innovative equipment that could maximize safety of patients as well as improve their functionalities. Problems leading to musculoskeletal treatment can befall anyone regardless of age or gender. For that reason, key players have adopted the use of tools and equipment that respond to age and gender aspects. Some of the cost-effective innovative devices include:
- Optimized plastics
- Synthetic and natural regenerative items (tissues, scaffolds, cells)
- Metals (for hip or knee replacements)
Quality of Care
Regarding the quality of care in the orthopedic industry, the specialists especially surgeons are caught in the web of cost-cutting measures imposed by governments, the facilities, and industry profits. Amidst all that, an orthopedic surgeon still aims to provide the highest-level quality of care.
Dealing With Obese Patients
Many surgeons attest that when it comes to mobility, it’s becoming increasingly challenging to carry out joint replacement on obese patients. This is because government facilities and medical groups demand successful results with fewer or no complications. Obese patients are vulnerable to post-operative complications, which sometimes leads to selection bias when it comes to orthopedic surgeries. Doctors should find a way of helping such patients enjoy the same life-enhancing experience.
Finally, and more importantly, most of the surgeons are satisfied with their work. Given a second chance, nearly 65% of orthopedists would select the same profession again. According to a Medscape research, half of all medical doctors are satisfied with their careers, while 44% of orthopedists would choose medicine again if given a second chance.
If you would like to request a consultation with one of the orthopedic specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute (OSI), please call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online. Additionally, OSI now offers a Walk-In Clinic at its Appleton location for non-life threatening situations that require immediate attention.
The Orthopedic & Sports Institute has convenient locations to serve you. In addition to the flagship facility in Appleton, you will find outreach clinics in New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location serving the Green Bay area, inside the NOVO Health Clinic in De Pere.
OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.