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iPod Touch App Helping Doctors With Knee Replacement Surgery

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Technology is used every day in surgery ... But one doctor is using the same device your kids may be using.

"A very bad ache and it's difficult to pull myself up."

Susan Tolomeo says the pain in her right knee has slowed her down... Making it hard to play with her five grand kids.

"I have to be the old nana, instead of the younger one that I'd like to be."

So after consulting with Dr. Fabio Orozco ... Susan opted for a total knee replacement using a new instrument called Dash.

"It helps with the accuracy of your cuts and helps with the accuracy of your alignment."

An iPod touch is placed into the Dash holder, and with the help of probes and an app ... Points of reference, called landmarks are marked along the leg.

"What the computer does with those landmarks is create a 3d model of that extremity."

Once the replacement knee is in place, the surgeon uses dash again to compare the knee's mobility... And ensure the best fit possible.

Old surgical navigation systems would require doctors to be away from the patient, but Dash puts all the information in front of them ... Something Dr. Orozco says is an improvement.

"It's just right there, it's easy to use."

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