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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Riad Barmada, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive book on the various systems and technologies currently available on navigation and robotics techniques used in hip, knee, and spine surgery.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reference on these new techniques to orthopedic surgeons who are interested in this innovation that could provide precise and accurate positioning of the various prosthetic components used in replacement surgery.
Audience: Orthopedic surgeons are the intended audience, but the audience should also include orthopedic residents, bioengineers and other healthcare personnel involved.
Features: A good chapter on basic principles of computer assisted surgery includes up-to-date information on navigation and robotic systems available, their principles, description, application, and techniques. The more suitable procedures are described in detail, such as hip replacement, knee replacement, tibial osteotomy, cruciate ligament reconstruction, and spine surgery.
Assessment: Precision and accurate positioning are essential in joint replacement and relate directly to the success of the outcome of the procedure. The various modalities of computer-assisted surgery are relatively new techniques in orthopedic surgery that improve the accuracy of positioning prosthetic components used in hip and knee surgery. This book provides an excellent, up-to-date reference on these new methods, which are not commonly used in today's practices, but without a doubt will become more popular. In my opinion, this book should be included in every orthopedic library.