Precision surgery is critical as a few millimeters one way or the other could damage delicate nerves. An orthopedic surgeon has created a system that improves precision and a patient’s time on the table. During a conventional spinal surgery, doctors focus on the patient and have to shift their eyes to screens with patient information.
Dr. Chetan Patel, a spinal doctor with Orlando’s AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute, has designed a system called iSight to overcome the scenario where a surgeon has to keep shifting his field of vision.
“Basically, what we do is I leave my traditional loops on, the magnification, and then all I have to do is put on my augmented reality glasses right on top of that. So essentially, it gives me a 55-inch screen, right in front of my eyes.” – Patel, MD, AdventHealth and section chair of NASS (North American Spine Society).
All of the patient information and navigation that the surgeon needs for surgery is on a smart device connected to the system. The data is then displayed in the surgeon’s field of vision so that the surgeon can view the patient and information in the surgeon’s glasses and does not need to look away, which can improve patient safety. According to, Patel the system reduces overall surgery time by at least 10 minutes.
“In your normal everyday life, you think 10 minutes is not a big deal, but in the operating room, that’s a huge deal. Okay, ten less minutes of anesthetic time, ten less minutes of bleeding.” – Patel.
The internal review board of AdventHealth has approved the iSight system’s use. In the patients Dr. Patel has treated to date, he has observed a 51% reduction in surgery time.
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