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Dig In! Aspen Ideas Festival Kicks Off “Spotlight: Health” Sessions

Jun 24, 2014

The Aspen Ideas Festival has begun in Colorado. And the focus this week is health, with extra attention on new medical technology.

 

This morning opened with a session on the future of robotics in orthopedic surgery. Aspen Orthopedic Surgeon Tom Pevny says the next thing to watch out for is total knee replacement with robotic assistance.

“Right now the technology allows us to do a partial replacement,” Pevny says, “it already allows us to do a total hip, so I think the next thing is a total knee and they are already working on that but it’s very preliminary.”

Wednesday, at “The New Dawn of Disruptive Technologies,” we’ll hear about everything from prosthetic devices and bionics to 3d printing and robotics.