Soft-tissue balance evaluation system for total hip arthroplasty by intraoperative contact pressure measurement at the hip joint.
ABSTRACT We developed a system for measurement of contact pressure at the hip joint surfaces that enables checking of the artificial hip joint condition during surgery. First, we constructed the pressure sensor that forms the artificial joint. We installed eight small pressure sensors to the spherical head component, a part of the ball-socket joint. Next, we developed software for recording and visualizing the detected pressures that were recorded every 1 ms. The pressure distribution was displayed with the 3D computer graphics in real-time. The system enabled intuitive recognition of pressure direction 3-dimensions. Next, using the system, we conducted measurements during total hip arthroplasty. Although it requires some improvements in its measurement accuracy, the system allows real-time acquisition of information on the artificial hip joint in real-time. Further improvements of the calibration method should enable more accurate measurements. As a complete system, it will be a useful tool for selecting an appropriate implant that fits a patient's hip joint or for estimating the risk of complications after surgery.