Back to Blog

Experiencing Surgical Realities

Alex Carleton (Left) and Lillian Lim (Right)

Formus Labs’ team members are observing surgeries to help inform their work and understand the daily challenges faced by surgeons.

Formus Labs Research Engineers Alex Carleton and Lilian Lim spent time in the Auckland Surgical Centre watching surgeries performed by Mr Paul Monk. 

Alex had designed a patient specific wedge instrument to help determine the opening angle of the tibia for a high tibial osteotomy procedure. By watching, he was able to see the application of his work in real time and learn more about the clinical realities. 

“It was beneficial to see how a surgeon operates and how the procedure is executed to understand the limitations a surgeon is faced within the theatre. This will help us improve the design of the wedge and think about other information we can supply the surgeon to make surgery easier,” says Alex.

Observing the surgeries allowed for learnings from Mr Paul Monk which will help Formus Labs improve their work in this space.

“Mr Monk would mention when something was worth taking a closer look at and he would also explain a few of the shortcomings of how things are currently performed as the industry standard,” Alex continues.. 

He says he was surprised with just how small the incision was in order to perform such a major surgery.

“This made me realise that our design can be improved on, as our current design assumes a more invasive surgical technique.” 

Alex says having real world context for the products and research Formus Labs are involved with help us further understand how the product or service is used. 

“This improves understanding of what features are more important to the end users and enables us to appreciate how the product is used to improve our design,” says Alex.

More from the Lab

Formus Labs Hip Platform Receives FDA Clearance!

Formus Labs today announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Formus Hip as the first “automated radiological image processing software” for hip replacement pre-op planning.

Read Story

Internationally Renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon Thought Leaders Join Formus Labs’ Clinical Advisory and Development Board.

Formus Labs, creator of the world's first automated 3D, AI-enabled pre-operative planner for joint replacement surgeries, today announces the expansion of its clinical advisory board. Three global thought leaders in the field of arthroplasty, Dr. J. Bohannon Mason, Dr. Atul Kamath and Dr. James A. Germano will help shape the next generation of Formus Labs’ innovative planning technology and will support the company’s expansion into new markets.

Read Story

Formus Labs, a Pioneering Developer of Orthopedic Surgery Planning Technology, Hires Ex-Johnson & Johnson Executive, Polly Teevan, To Lead Global Commercial Strategy

Formus Labs, creator of the world's first fully-automated 3D planner for joint replacement surgeries, today announced it has hired Polly Teevan as Chief Marketing Officer. Teevan will oversee global commercial and marketing strategy, and lead Formus to expand its presence in the US and international markets leveraging her deep customer relationships, industry knowledge and commercial experience.

Read Story

Subscribe for the latest news and product updates

We will never share your email address with third parties.