SP: In your opinion as an orthopedic surgeon, what has
been the biggest advancement technologically in the past
Dr. Burkhardt: The biggest advancement is the use of personalized
implants and instruments in joint replacement.
SP: What are some of the challenges with all the instru-
mentation used in knee replacement? How is disposable
instrumentation helping increase efficiency while mini-
Klein: It is difficult to manage all of the equipment. In one day we could
have 160 different trays that we have to sterilize as well as store. In addition, we need to have a whole new set of trays for every case and each set
costs $80,000. Personalized, disposable instrumentation has changed that.
Now we are literally saving thousands per case and reducing this cumbersome cost. In addition, we are saving space and time because we don’t
have to sterilize and we are not paying rental fees.
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