Browsing articles from "March, 2016"

Stanford Microsurgery and Resident Training

Mar 31, 2016   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Recent Reviews, Reference, Residents, Upper  // 

Essentially microsurgery information, tips, and techniques from Stanford University.

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 2

The SMaRT app is a free resource for anyone who performs microsurgery, or for microsurgeons in training.  The app is organized into a simple menu that includes Preparation, Practice Models, Suturing, Intra-Operative Technique, and Study Question headings.  Despite its simplistic appearance, the information is detailed, complex, and valuable.  For example, the Preparation heading includes information about instrumentation, how to set up and adjust the microscope (with associated diagrams), and explanation of sutures.   Many photos and videos are included as well, demonstrating important topics such as adjusting proper posture.  Overall, the app is very easy to navigate, a valuable resource, free, and comes from a reliable source.  I highly recommend this app as a quick reference before any microsurgical case.

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My Knee Injury

Mar 31, 2016   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Products, Recent Reviews  // 

A patient-focused app on knee pain and exercises

Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 1

MyKneeInjury appears to be focused towards patients with knee pain, and includes an aspect of product sales suggesting it may be commercially motivated.  The app is organized in 12 icon tiles with titles such as “identify injury,” “treatment,” and “flexibility.”  When selecting on injury identification, for example, the user is given the option to select the area of pain (front, inside, outside, back) with each topic describing a generic clinical vignette suggestive of a specific diagnosis.  As all medical providers know, diagnosing knee complaints is certainly not as easy as “picking from a list,” questioning the apps intention.  Once a diagnosis is selected, general information is presented about the injury, general treatment and healing time information, and a link to useful products for sale from a medical distributor.  I suspect this may reflect the app’s true objective.  Overall, I believe the app’s utility is minimal and is unlikely to significantly assist patients who need any more than the description for a few stretches and exercises.

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ACL Rehab

Mar 31, 2016   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Recent Reviews, Sports, Under $5  // 

Patient-focused information about ACL rehab stages and exercises

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

The ACL Rehab app is a relatively comprehensive and detailed resource for patients who may need additional guidance regarding their ACL injury.  Unfortunately the publisher is not named, but this app appears to come from a relatively reliable medical provider.  The home screen includes general information about ACL ruptures and information about surgical treatment and graft options.  It is written from the perspective of a surgeon advising a patient.  Next, the app describes stages of rehabilitation starting from Prehab, and continuing through various weeks of recovery culminating in “Return to Sport” at 6-9 months.  Within in each stage, specific exercises are recommended and described/shown.  These can be added to one’s personalized “My Workout” for quick access and review.

For patients who may be looking for physical therapy guidance, this app has appropriate medical information and recommendations.

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A unified repository of surgical implants, technique guides, comparisons, and unpackaging videos.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 4+

With so many orthopedic implant companies and device options, I am amazed it has taken so long for someone to create a central educational repository.  MedTools is attempting to do just that in the form of both a website and app.  The app itself is well organized with a side-bar menu organized by body part, and sub-menus organized by implant type.  For a generic implant type (ex: Volar Distal Radius Plates, or Total Knee Arthroplasty), the user can quickly see a collection of all available companies and device offerings.  In some cases (total joint arthroplasty) this can include well over 20 different implants from more than 10 companies.  Users can then select a specific implant to obtain product information such as technique guides, reference charts, and photographs of the surgical tray to help familiarize one’s self with the instrumentation.  The app and website have also started video taping “unboxing” of specific devices to ensure that surgeons and their operative staff are prepared and familiar with devices they plan to use.

Overall, this app seems to have been a long-time coming and reflects a significant investment in work and time.  I anticipate the breadth of implants will grow significantly in the near future, which should greatly increase its value and overall utility to surgeons.

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