TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital is set to introduce a remarkable augmented reality technology to help conduct spine surgeries.
It will give the surgeons an ‘X-ray vision’ to execute complex spinal procedures, becoming the first hospital in Kentucky to employ the technology.
The method has been given a go-ahead for open and minimally invasive spine implant procedures. It will enable the surgeons to maintain their focus entirely on the patient rather than looking at multiple screens at once.
“It’s a game of millimeters in spine surgery so every millimeter counts. And if you can perfect that and make that hardware even better that’s gonna be better for the patient, for their post-op pain, minimizing the incision, improving their function and decreasing blood loss ultimately. Because you’re going to decrease your operative time being in there. And you’re going to know by the end of that case that that hardware is 100% solid where it is,” stated spinal surgeon Dr. Chris Cook.
Dr. Cook expects that the technology will be used for one or two spinal surgeries each week.
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