During computer assisted surgery, specialized software creates a three-dimension, digital roadmap for the surgeon to follow. The surgeon them a matches the patient’s actual anatomy to the virtual 3-D model displayed on a monitor. Much like a GPS system in a car, the surgeon is then able to track in real time the position of surgical instrument in relation to the patient’s true anatomy.
Coliseum Northside Hospital’s surgical navigation system consists of a computer with specialized software, an infrared navigation camera, an array of tracking devise and surgical smart instruments specifically designed for spine procedures. This technology allows the surgeon to visualize a patient’s unique anatomy with unsurpassed accuracy without additional radiation exposure. Navigation can help surgeons to guide their instruments for more precise screw placement, assist in advanced MIS procedures, and reduce fluoro exposure. Spine surgeons may use computer assisted surgery to help place implants (such as pedicle screws) during spinal fusion procedures to treat spinal instability caused by degenerative disc disease, deformity, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, fractures, tumors and infection.
Benefits of Computer-Assisted Surgery
- Aides in the reduction of repetitive X-ray images, helping to reduce radiation exposure to both the patient and medical team.
- Provides the surgeon with comprehensive data about the patient’s anatomy to pre-plan for surgery and determine such things as pedicle screw length, diameter and position; potentially saving valuable time and uncertainty in the operating room
- Delivers real-time guidance of the positioning of instruments and implants along with the ability to correct potential implant misplacement during surgery.
- Enables minimally invasive procedures by offering the surgeon enhanced visualization of the anatomy, especially when smaller incisions are used.