GPS technology can ease joint-replacement surgery

Posted by Chicago Tribune

Chicago (IL) - The principles of global positioning technology via orbiting satellites are now being used in hospital operating rooms. GPS triangulation technique guides planes in the air, ships at sea and vehicles on the ground, and now it precisely guides the instruments of orthopedic surgeons as they perform their delicate procedures on human beings.

Scott Kurtovich is one of many patients who have benefited recently from the surgical application of GPS space technology.

"I had my right knee replaced that way," said Kurtovich, 47, of Orland Park, an assistant executive director with the Cook County Department of Corrections. "I first hurt my knee in high school, and ... it got worse over the years. Now my knee is solid as can be."

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