ORTHOPAEDICS BIOMECHANICS AND ADVANCED SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES LABORATORY
Hani Haider, Ph.D., is the director of the department'sOrthopaedics Biomechanics and Advanced Surgical Technologies Laboratory. There, researchers and engineersare performing cutting-edge experimental simulation and testing of the next generation of orthopaedic implants, and contributing to the development of multi-axial implant simulators. Through this research we are working to create implants that last longer and perform better, which are designed to suit the modern patient who is younger and more active. This innovative work on wear testing of joints is also helping to set national and international standards for testing of knee replacement systems.
Our team of researchers and surgeons are also developing a novel freehand surgical navigation system for use in knee replacement surgery. This reduces the need for bulky alignment instruments called jigs, and uses ‘GPS style technology’ to help navigate the hands of a surgeon during surgery. This allows for more accurate bone cutting and better alignment of implants, with less trauma to the soft tissue and bone, which translates to faster recovery times for joint replacement patients. Recently the lab received additional funding that will allow us to take this research to the next level, transitioning from a bench top experimental pilot to a clinically viable prototype.