Dr. Chris O’Grady wants to see joints.
The Florida-based Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in shoulder reconstruction and replacement has experienced first-hand how helpful it is to have 3D images when he prepares to perform a procedure.
While O’Grady is much more familiar with shoulders than knees, he’s still excited to see CurveBeam’s upcoming entire lower extremity scanner, having seen how getting in-depth images before beginning a procedure can change the game.
“I really learned the importance of [understanding] the three-dimensional glenoid, or socket of the shoulder. Where things have advanced to now is that, for every single shoulder replacement that I do, the patient gets a CT scan, the 3D images are then put into this proprietary software that really quite literally allows me to do the surgery long before the patient ever gets to the operating room,” said Dr. O’Grady. His practice is located in Gulf Breeze.
O’Grady has become an innovator in the robotic surgery space.
Robotic surgeons will not replace their human counterparts in the near future, but there is still reason to be excited about innovations in technology, O’Grady said, especially as information is being shared more widely than ever.
“What the future is going to allow are the surgeons in private practice in more remote areas who who do 1,000 knee replacements a year, their data will be able to get pooled into the ivory tower people running these massive studies,” Dr. O’Grady said. “So instead of having a few hundred patients, we can have tens of thousands of patients, involve many more surgeons and analyzing that data is very quickly going to solve some questions that I think people are still arguing on these podiums about.”