AN EVALUATION OF SMART IMPLANTS IN ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY THAT ENHANCE PATIENT OUTCOMES, BIHAR, INDIA: A NARRATIVE REVIEW.
Keywords:Smart implant, knee, force, hip, fracture
Smart implants, which provide real-time data for patient treatment and outcomes, could revolutionize healthcare. These devices are used in fracture fixation, spine fusion, and joint replacements. Smart implants have not been widely accepted in clinical practice due to the limitations of incorporating sensor technology into implant designs, despite decades of research and technological breakthroughs.
This narrative review aims to provide an overview of the current state of smart implants in orthopedic surgery, highlighting their potential benefits, technological challenges, and the need for sensor technology advancements.
Smart orthopedic implants can measure various physical parameters within the body, such as pressure, force, strain, displacement, proximity, and temperature, providing valuable data for patient care. These implants have led to advancements in implant design, surgical techniques, and postoperative care. However, their limited adoption in clinical practice is primarily attributed to the significant modifications required to incorporate the latest sensor technology. The review emphasizes the need for future smart implants to feature compact, robust, and cost-effective sensors that can seamlessly integrate into current implant designs. The rapid pace of technological development holds the promise of widespread adoption of smart implants, provided that these obstacles are overcome.
Implications for Future Research:
To fully realize the potential benefits of smart implants, future research should focus on developing sensor technologies that minimize the need for extensive modifications to existing implants. By making these sensors compact, robust, and affordable, smart implants can become an integral part of routine clinical practice.
Healthcare officials and regulators should work with academics and manufacturers to develop smart implant guidelines and standards for safe and effective use, which might reduce healthcare costs and enhance patient outcomes. Further research can broaden smart implants' uses beyond orthopedic surgery, strengthening their position in modern medicine.
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