Will Our Focus on Techniques and Technology to Improve Patient Outcomes Be at the Expense of a Loss of Clinical Judgement?
New technologies such as robotics and new surgical techniques may seduce the orthopaedic surgeon because of their apparent ability to help restore anatomy, but improved outcomes need to be observed to validate their use. Artificial intelligence may be able to analyse a set of data as well as, and maybe even better than a good clinician. But good clinical judgement remains the key to achieving consistently successful outcomes. My worry is that new techniques and technology, widely promoted through social media, may cause orthopaedic surgeons to forget that the best way to achieve a good outcome from surgery is to do the right operation on the right patient at the right time.