While computer assisted orthopaedic surgery (CAOS) techniques have previously been used on other joints, the world’s first computer assisted shoulder replacements were carried out only very recently. —
Clinical Associate Professor Mark Haber, lead surgeon and shoulder specialist at Southern Orthopaedics, said he was honoured to be the first surgeon in Australia to perform CAOS techniques on the shoulder.
The total shoulder replacement operation which took place at Hurstville Private Hospital saw Dr Haber and his team replace the ball and socket of the shoulder by inserting an implant into the shoulder joint.
“It is exciting that CAOS technology has finally arrived for shoulders following the success of similar technological advancements for hip and knee replacements,” said Dr Haber.
Fewer than 30 similar procedures have been carried out globally. “I think there have been 30 worldwide in the last few months. We have 10 planned in Australia in the next few weeks.”
Two men aged 60 and 76 were the first patients to receive the new procedure.
CAOS is a new and evolving surgical technology which provides the surgeon and his team the ability to plan the procedure on a computer immediately preoperatively. The navigation system then provides enhanced information and guidance, during the operation. “Previously, the procedure relied on the surgeon’s experience, eyesight and steady hand.” While these remain paramount, “computer assistance is able to aid accuracy and precision.” Dr Haber said.
“The technology is too new for its benefits to be determined accurately, but we are aiming for [big] improvements on the 10-year+ outcomes of the current techniques.”
Shoulder replacement surgery has been on the rise in recent years. “As a result of great improvements in implant design, less invasive surgical techniques, better anaesthesia and improved postoperative care, we have seen the number of surgeries increase exponentially, early 10% year on year.”
“The procedure allows patients with severe shoulder pain and movement limitations to return to activities they had never again thought possible.”
ABOUT DR MARK HABER
Clinical Assistant Professor Mark Haber is a Sydney orthopaedic surgeon focused on advanced shoulder arthroscopy and open techniques.
He is one of the most awarded arthroscopic shoulder specialists in Australia. Dr Haber has presented at over 20 major international orthopaedic conferences in Australia and internationally, winning best paper awards including ISAKOS Caspari award and has earned global recognition.
Dr Haber has pioneered modified techniques for arthroscopic rotator cuff and labral repairs. The techniques are now used in Europe, Asia, England and in the US.
His ongoing research includes biomechanical studies and rigorous postoperative evaluations, looking at ways to optimize the procedure and rehabilitation.
He teaches advanced arthroscopic shoulder techniques to surgeons in Australia, Asia and Europe, and frequently welcomes domestic and international visitors to his operating theatres.
Dr Haber serves clinics across Sydney in Hurstville, Campbelltown, Lindfield, Macquarie University and in Wollongong at Southern Orthopaedics. A clinic is opening in the Sydney CBD this month.
ABOUT SOUTHERN ORTHOPAEDICS
Southern Orthopaedics is an established specialist medical practice headquartered in Wollongong, Australia.
Southern Orthopaedics provides cost-effective, quality orthopaedic care to meet the evolving needs of every one of their patients. They aim to lead in their orthopaedic specialties by setting the highest standards of excellence in treatment, outcomes, service and patient satisfaction.
Southern Orthopaedics is led by Dr Mark Haber.
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