LTOD 2018. The importance of minimally invasive surgery and personalized medical products

Having enjoyed the spring on unusually warm days, specialists from all over the country gathered in Vilnius on the traditional, already 14th Congress of Lithuanian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatologists’ (LTOD), which took place on April 27-28. Ortho Baltic team participated in the event and was interested not only in news in the field of orthopedics and traumatology, but also invited to visit the Ortho Baltic stand. It was the place where participants of the event had an opportunity to get acquainted with personalized implants and surgical guides, to find out their advantages and unique uses.

The main topic of this year’s Congres was all about innovative medicine and patient-specific treatments – “Minimally invasive surgery and regenerative medicine in Orthopedics and Traumatology”. Lithuanian orthopedists and traumatologists and invited speakers shared their experiences, insights and future trends.

Among the many presentations, everybody had the opportunity to listen to the doctor of pediatrician, orthopaedic traumatologist professor Emilis Čekanauskas‘s presentation about the challenges and perspectives of virtual planning and patient-specific surgical instruments. The report is based on a clinical case for which to solve patient-specific surgical guides, designed and manufactured by Ortho Baltic, were used for patient tumor resection. During the presentation the patient’s treatment process was briefly reviewed: 3D reconstruction is being made from the radiological images, an accurate preoperative planning is carried out, then a patient-specific surgical guide is created and the surgery is eventually performed. This process ensures precision and shorter operation time, lower risk of complications, what is the most important – patient is less traumatized. In addition to this, the main challenges of adapting such devices in Lithuania were presented. There is no convenient infrastructure and compensation mechanism for such single-use personalized guides yet, but we expect changes in these areas any time in the near future. The surgical guides used for this clinical case, like other unique personalized Ortho Baltic products, were demonstrated at the stand during the event.

A brilliant two-day event made it possible to meet like-minded people, share experiences and make new partnerships for the future projects.


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