“3D Navigation could lower hip replacement surgical errors” Asons Solicitors Comment

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According to the BBC, a new study has indicated that computer-guided surgery improves accuracy. Consequently, it is hoped that these results will be taken on board, lowering the prevalence of the complications, and surgical errors, associated with the procedure.

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Using 3D Imaging would leave less room for human error, lowering the prevalence of related complications.

According to the BBC, a new study has indicated that computer-guided surgery improves accuracy (1). Consequently, it is hoped that these results will be taken on board, lowering the prevalence of the complications, and surgical errors, associated with the procedure.

The study, conducted by the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, in Clydebank, hoped to prove the superiority of computer navigation software, in relation to hip replacements, when compared to the standard practice of judging the position of the hip by eye (1).

As reported by the BBC, the study of 229 post-operative patient x-rays found that 70% of hip replacement are correctly positioned, when conducted by eye; however, results found the figure to be improved to 90% when surgeons used detailed 3D imaging (1).

These results call into question whether standard hip replacement practice should be amended; taking into account that computer navigation improves surgical accuracy, lowering the risk of complications.

Discussing the research, consultant orthopaedic surgeon Kamal Deep, shed light on the advantages (1)–

"At the moment, standard practice for most procedures relies largely on the surgeon's best judgement and pre-operative x-rays to ensure the replacement joint is in the correct position,"

"However, with computer assisted navigation, we have detailed 3D orientation of the surgical area and instruments which can dramatically improve accuracy, reduce the risk of complications at a later date and improve the quality of a patients care."

Following the study, further research is required, determining whether or not there are significant long-term advantages of this approach to patients (1).

Speaking on the advantages of the technology, Asons Executive, Suzanne Yates –

“Using 3D Imaging would leave less room for human error, lowering the prevalence of related complications. Hip replacements have the potential to vastly improve the patient’s quality of life, increasing their mobility, and relieving them from the pain their hip may be causing. It is crucial that surgeons take heed of this research, improving the success rates of the surgery.

"At Asons Solicitors, we see how surgical errors can lead to complications, which may be more debilitating than the original complaint. If used to improve upon current standards, studies such as these can diminish the opportunity for surgical errors, reducing the incidence of clinical negligence claims.”

If you, or someone you know, have suffered as a result of a surgical error, then you may be able to make a medical claim for compensation. Claiming for surgery compensation may help you to cover medical costs, loss of earnings and any other financial burdens associated with your recovery. Asons Solicitors deal with NHS compensation claims on a regular basis, you can contact them on: 0844 850 1062 or you can fill out their medical negligence claim form asons.co.uk

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(1)    BBC News, ‘Computer-guided hip surgery 'more accurate' says Glasgow study’ (15/11/2013) bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-24955100

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About Asons Solicitors:

Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

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