Medical Advances in Orthopedics

Accelerated Bone Healing

Accelerated Bone HealingSummary: Over the past 30 years, Emory spine surgeons have studied the biological process of bone healing and have played a major role in unlocking the genetic key to the master bone growth factors. Now, Emory spine surgeons are using one of these bone growth factors to remove the need of a bone donor site and to increase the success rate of bone healing from 75% up to 98%.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spine SurgerySummary: Emory is at the forefront in advancing minimally invasive spine surgery. Spine surgery is traditionally performed through major incisions – about 7 inches. This predisposed the patient to infections, scarring, and pain. Now, using advanced imaging techniques – such as 3D Navigation, Emory spine surgeons are able to perform spine surgery through a 1 or 2 inch incision.

Anterior Hip Replacement

Hip ReplacementSummary: This exciting alternative technique for hip replacement surgery allows the surgeon to expose the hip without removing as much muscle from the bone or disturbing the capsule of the hip joint, which means faster recovery time. The procedure is performed on a special orthopaedic table called the Hannah table.

Biomaterials for Hip and Knee Replacement

Hip ReplacementSummary: Emory is on the forefront of investigating and using new, alternative biomaterials for hip and knee replacement that can enhance the life of a new hip or knee.

Magnetically Expandable Prosthesis

ProsthesisSummary: The Emory Musculoskeletal Oncology and Limb Reconstruction Center is a world-class program treating a variety of conditions, including benign and malignant tumors of the extremities and spine and the placement of expandable implants that use magnets to treat sarcoma of the bone and soft tissue.