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Revolutionizing Orthopedics: The Rise of AI in 2023

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In 2023, I witnessed an extraordinary transformation in medical technology, as artificial intelligence (AI) seamlessly merged with orthopedics. As a MedTech Marketing expert that has worked with countless organizations in the orthopedics space, I couldn’t help but take notice the impact AI was having in the industry. This groundbreaking shift, spearheaded by Dr. Cody C. Wyles and his team at Mayo Clinic, revolutionized the field. Their cutting-edge AI applications significantly enhanced the capabilities of healthcare providers and improved patient care in orthopedic surgery.

AI’s Expanding Dominance in Orthopedics

At the heart of this evolution was Dr. Wyles’ Orthopedic Surgery Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Mayo Clinic. What began as a small team blossomed into a powerhouse of eight surgeons, four data scientists, radiologists, and a lab manager, all working under Dr. Wyles’ guidance. Their mission? To develop AI tools that uplift surgical practices and patient outcomes. AI’s role was crucial for radiologists, aiding in identifying physical features, monitoring implant positioning, and predicting X-ray risks. Moreover, the team adeptly leveraged AI to extract and analyze data from clinical notes, identifying potential patient complications.

This surge in AI use within orthopedics captured the attention and investment from various industry sectors, from major implant manufacturers to emerging software firms and mid-size service providers. These advancements crafted powerful workflow tools for clinicians, transforming the orthopedic surgical landscape.

AI’s Role in Pre-Surgical Enhancements and Post-Surgical Innovations

Companies like ORtelligence and Proprio played a pivotal role in enhancing AI’s role in surgical settings. Proprio, with its FDA-approved device combining AI, augmented reality, and light field technology, became a vital tool in spinal surgery navigation. ORtelligence’s AI-based software, Rep+, facilitated remote collaboration between medical tech representatives and surgical teams.

The integration of AI extended into pre-surgical planning and post-surgical care. Companies like Formus Labs and Smith+Nephew introduced sophisticated AI-powered tools for surgical planning and analytics. Similarly, Zimmer Biomet and Exactech used AI to improve joint replacement outcomes, with Zimmer Biomet focusing on patient gait analysis and Exactech offering personalized risk-benefit assessments through its software.

A Landmark Year in Orthopedic Care

2023 marked a watershed moment for AI in orthopedics, heralding a future where surgical methods and patient care are revolutionized, paving the way for personalized and efficient patient care in this evolving field. It’s an exciting time for the medical field and I can’t wait to see what else AI has in store.

Read more on the impact AI has had in orthopedics this year in the sourced article here.

By Guillaume Viallaneix

Founder, President at MedTech Momentum, Inc and the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of The MedTech Digest.