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Orthopedics Smart Implants In the future, orthopedic implants could monitor how well implants fare in the body, measuring how well bone attaches to them while also detecting problems such as inflammation and infection. 3-D Printing In the field of orthopedics, 3-D printing technology has enabled the production of surgical guides for preoperative planning and custom bone implants. In addition, researchers have used the technology to produce cartilage. Robotic Surgical and Computer-Assisted Technology In the field of orthopedics, computer navigation technology has enabled significant gains in the accuracy of implant alignment in total knee arthroplasty and, more recently, total hip arthroplasty. Stem cell therapy is a revolutionary procedure that may completely change the face of orthopedics in the foreseeable future. This procedure is currently being tested in a myriad of clinical trials across the nation and has shown highly promising results. Clinical trials of stem cell therapy have already shown considerable success in bone fractures and nonunions (failed healing of a bone fracture), damaged articular cartilage (the lining of the joints that prevents early arthritis) and injuries to connective tissue, such as tendons and ligaments. Researchers now believe that this procedure could open doors to new, non-invasive treatment methods for existing musculoskeletal problems as well as new ways to treat a variety of injuries and conditions. The trend towards decentralization (outpatient settings) of hospital based imaging, diagnostic studies and rehabilitation programs will continue and we will see more advances in imaging, rehabilitation and pain management. Orthopedic surgeons will continue to provide state-of-the-science treatments and will continue to have the satisfaction and deep meaning gained from contributing to the quality of the patients’ lives and their maximum musculoskeletal potential. Operation Rainbow MORE Institute Foundation Mercy Ships Charity Hospital The Orthopedic Foundation Wounded Warrior Project Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine Dental Eye Air-Abrasion: Serving as an alternative to a traditional dental drill, an air-abrasion system is primarily used to treat small cavities, preserving healthy tooth structure without the use of a local anesthetic. Air-abrasion allows for the precise removal of decay through a blast of pellets consisting of air and aluminum oxide. The air-abrasion technique can also be used to help repair old tooth restorations by accessing difficult areas such as those between the teeth. VELscope VELscope is a brand new FDA-approved oral cancer screening system that uses incandescent light so your dentist can see abnormalities that may not be apparent or visible to the naked eye. VELscope is also used by oral surgeons to help identify diseased tissue around a lesion and determine the appropriate margin for surgical excision. The significant improvement in the oral health of Americans over the past 50 years is a public health success story. Most of the gains are a result of effective prevention and treatment efforts. One major success is community water fluoridation, which now benefits about 7 out of 10 Americans who get water through public water systems. Advancements in new dental technology also offer better solutions for traditional oral health problems than ever before. The trend in dentistry is utilizing technology to make dentistry more comfortable, durable, efficient and natural-looking for the patient as possible. Patients and their dentists benefit from newer techniques that are less invasive and more dependable than the years of past. Procedures that formerly took multiple trips to the dentist or required multiple health care providers can often be performed in the comfort of one office by one qualified provider. The future of oral care will likely be filled with quicker digital x-rays to check your teeth for underlying decay or maybe a state-of-the-art dental implant procedure, as research and education converge to provide patients with the best prevention and treatment methods. “Regenerative dentistry is the future,” said Gerald Glickman, DDS, M.S., MBA., J.D., chair of the department of endodontics at the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. Indeed, researchers at the college are delving into techniques from stem cells to bone regeneration. Someday, dentists may be able to regenerate a person’s tooth and eliminate the need for fillings or implants altogether. National Children’s Oral Health Foundation American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation Healthy Smiles Healthy Children National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped Oral Health America LASIK Most people have heard of LASIK, but did you know that this procedure actually reshapes the cornea to alter the focusing power of your eye? Wavefront Analysis This technology measures how the eye focuses light and creates an eye map so your ophthalmologist can diagnose eye problems and even help determine your eyeglass prescription. Argon or Diode Laser These lasers are used to treat retinal tears. The laser scars the retina so it bonds to the underlying tissue and prevents further retinal detachment. Over the past 25 years, major, nation-wide clinical studies have demonstrated methods to help preserve vision and in some cases restore vision. As a result of the knowledge gained from these studies, the risk of severe vision loss from diabetic retinopathy can be reduced from over 60%, to less than 5% if a person has regular eye exams and laser treatment as needed. The risk of moderate vision loss from macular edema can be reduced by 50% or more, from nearly 30% to approximately 12%. The main technologies that may have an impact on an optometrist’s practice may be telemedicine, 3D printing, and device technologies. Telemedicine: This is a new technology which allows practitioners to have consults with their patients via a computer video feed or even a smartphone. 3D Printing: 3D printing involves the custom development of a 3D item based on a design entered into a computer. 3D printing basically allows anyone with a computer and a printer to manufacture a 3D item. Even a home hobbyist may create a custom design using their home 3D printer. Seva Foundation Eyes of Hope New Eyes For the Needy Charity Vision Orbis International Bright Focus Foundation Eye Care America Giving Sight Fight For Sight Glaucoma Foundation Unite For Sight Online: www.qmed.com, www.healthline.com, www.yourdentistryguide.com, www.medicalfuturist.com, www.news-medical.net, www.cancerprogress.net, www.cdc.gov, www.biomedcentral.com, www.healio.com, www.coastalorthopedics.com, https://vitalrecord.tamhsc.edu, www.acedentalresource.com, www.primaryeyecare.net


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