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Computer aided knee replacement surgery

Computer aided knee replacement (also known as computer aided knee arthroplasty) is attracting a large number of medical tourist to hospitals in India. The less invasive nature of this medical procedure, will also help increase the popularity in India of the total and partial knee replacement surgeries. In this procedure, a computer is installed with medical surgery software and is connected to a surgery infrared camera and specialised surgical instruments. The surgeon, to perform the knee replacement, uses this “knee surgery computer system.” This allows for more precision and accuracy during the surgery. The surgeon can see the computer generated image real time while preforming the knee operation. The alignment of the knee replacement implant is more accurate (accuracy of 0.5 mm and 0.5 degrees) and predictable compared to surgery with naked eyes.

The system acts as a GPS for the human body helping the surgeon by providing real-time navigation information and enhanced 3-D visualisation. The International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery is a non-profit organisation working towards the growth of this field. Other advantages of computer aided knee replacement surgery are smaller incisions, as it is a minimally invasive surgery, faster recovery, less bleeding and lower chance of blood clotting, less pain, easy on patient and doctor, reduces chances of human error, increased implant longevity as it reduces chances of bad alignment requiring revision surgeries. The total knee replacement usually lasts about 10 to 15 years. With the computer assisted orthopedic surgery the knee replacement can last up to 30 years. The associated price and cost of the Knee replacement surgery in India, Costa Rica and Mexico is about 50-80% less that what is in the USA. 


Apollo, Dhaka accredited by JCI for quality of healthcare

Apollo Hospitals Dhaka (AHD) recently achieved the prestigious accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI), the international accredi-tation body, becoming the first hospital in Bangladesh to have this certification.

With this accreditation AHD confirms its standing with other JCI accredited hospitals in South Asian and South East Asian countries which include: Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and India among others.

Joint Commission International's on-site uation of AHD occurred in September 2007 and was conducted by a team of international healthcare experts, including a doctor and an administrator.

“Healthcare organisations around the world want to create environments that focus on quality, safety and continuous improvement”, said Karen Timmons, Chief utive Officer (CEO) of JCI. “Accreditation meets this demand by stimulating continuous systematic improvements in an organisation's performance and the outcomes of patient care. The community should be proud that AHD has made a commitment to quality and safety.” JCI is a US based accreditation body dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare through voluntary accreditation. It's uniform, high standards for patients care and safety, are designed to be adaptable to local needs thus accommodating legal, religious and cultural factors within a country.  Standards focus on the areas that most directly impact patient care. These include access to care, assessment of patient, infection control, patient and family rights and education. JCI standards also address facility management and safety, staff qualifications, quality improvement, organisational leadership, and information management.

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