Long Island doctor performs first knee surgery using AR technology

BAY SHORE, Long Island (WABC) -- Futuristic technology is the next step in knee-replacement surgery.

Dr. Michael Nett performed South Shore University Hospital's first knee surgery using augmented reality.

Dr. Nett wore a headset that acts like a GPS device as he operated with a 3D printed knee.

The device allows orthopedic surgeons to follow operating plans projected onto the lens of a screen.

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WSYX reporter Myles Harris was in the field in Columbus, Ohio, reporting Tuesday when his mom happened to drive by.

Dr. Nett explained how the headset works.

"Basically, an iPhone with a battery pack connected to our standard orthopedic helmet," Dr. Nett said.

Doctors say the technology made the procedure more precise and created a more accurate positioning of the knee implant.

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