Boston hospital performs 1st augmented reality-guided total hip replacement

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Orthopedic surgeons at Boston-based New England Baptist Hospital performed the first augmented reality total hip replacement at a hospital. 

The AR-guided total hip replacement received FDA clearance in January and is the first intraoperative AR guidance platform for joint replacement to display 3D models of patients' anatomy, implants and instruments inside the body in real time, according to a March 31 release. 

NEBH's Stephen Murphy, MD, invented the system and performed the hip replacement alongside Daniel Ward, MD, and Carl Talmo, MD.

The AR-guided system is also the first FDA-cleared surgical platform for joints to be contained entirely within a head-mounted device. Unlike robotic and traditional navigation systems, there aren't any large external workstations, cameras or screens, so it can be easily deployed across operating rooms.


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