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pate more and receive more feedback during rehab. These technolo- gies use various devices — including patients' smartphones and tablets as well as in-home, connected rehabilitation devices — to edu- cate and coach patients through rehab activities, record exercise data that clinicians can view and analyze, and provide telehealth capabili- ties. Plus, technologies like accelerometers can relay how many steps the patient is taking, or how much their knee is bending, and automat- ically send alerts to a provider's phone. Interactive rehab technologies also cut costs and save time for providers and patients alike by enabling patients to rehab at home, at their own convenience, as opposed to traveling to appointments with a physical therapist. • Surgical techniques. The minimally invasive techniques we use are muscle-sparing approaches, meaning the major muscles are retracted as opposed to cut. This allows for faster healing with less inflammation and pain, resulting in a more rapid return to function. You don't want to perform a minimally invasive operation that may have a more limited field of view if that ultimately doesn't allow for the implant components to be put in the right position. At the same time, you want to get the patient up and moving more quickly and avoid cut- ting important muscles, tendons and other structures solely for the sake of visualization. That's where technologies like patient-specific instrumentation for knee replacement come into play. Well in advance of surgery, we use a combination of imaging modali- ties, including X-rays and MRI, to generate a computerized model of the knee. We then plan the entire surgery virtually well before making an incision. This work allows us to accurately size the implants, pre- cisely plan bone cuts and create a game plan for the operation. When preoperative planning is complete, we simply hit a button to transfer that data to the instrumentation's manufacturer, who then A P R I L 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 4 1

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