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The Future of Knee Repair - February 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 Enhanced ergonomics During surgery, especially long cases, the instruments' weights can really take a toll on your body and cause fatigue. To combat this problem, manufacturers have developed tools that are small and lightweight, but still strong enough to get the job done. Look for light- weight, balanced options that feature handpieces designed to fit nice- ly into your surgeons' hands. This is even more crucial for your orthopods performing arthroscopy. In these cases, we're often holding a camera while introducing the power tools, which means we are rely- ing on a single arm to maneuver the tool. That's where light, strong instruments really shine. They let the surgeon drill a hole for an anchor without compromising visualization or accuracy. 2 More control The latest tools also offer surgeons more control than ever before. While the standard handpiece in the past simply fea- tured an on-off switch, the latest models offer oscillation or slow- motion modes that enhance accuracy and precision during the proce- dure. For example, many devices make it easier for surgeons to switch from a forward direction to a reverse mode by putting 2 buttons on the handpiece. The top button moves the drill forward; the bottom reverses the spin. Some models put the reverse on the side, but that can require an awkward motion during the case, especially if you're rapidly switching back and forth. Another great thing about these controls is that by pressing both the top and bottom button at the same time you get an oscillating move- ment. That means that instead of a continuous spin, the drill would make a rapid half turn before reversing and going back the other way. This feature is really helpful when drilling near sensitive soft tissue or F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 6 3

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