The O-arm combines mobility, low-dose x-ray imaging and ultra-fast image processing to provide real-time 3-D navigation during surgery. It enables the surgeon to obtain highly detailed images of the surgical site in seconds, all without moving the patient.
Spine surgery is a rapidly evolving field, as more traditional large open spine surgeries continue to give way to minimally invasive spine (MIS) surgical techniques. These minimally invasive approaches have the potential to decrease blood loss, minimize trauma to surrounding tissues, and limit post-op deformities.
MIS surgery is typically performed through small portals that pass through muscle without destroying it. The O-arm enables spine surgeons to navigate to the diseased area through these portals with high-definition microscopes to then visualize the affected structures.
“The O-arm allows visualization of the intricate anatomy of the spinal segments, especially when the spine is deformed or has had previous surgery, which is crucial to the safe and effective performance of the procedure,” says Jason E. Lowenstein, MD, orthopedic surgeon and specialist in scoliosis and spinal deformity surgery at Morristown Medical Center. “The O-arm technology gives surgeons the ability to visualize and track in real-time the position of their surgical instrumentation and thus avoid critical structures such as the spinal cord when performing complex spinal reconstruction surgery.”
Spine surgeons at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook and Medical Centers are using the integrated imaging and navigation systems for treatment planning and surgery for:
- Spinal Deformity
- MIS Spine fusion
- Spinal Trauma
- Spinal Tumors
- Revision surgery
For more information on the Spine Program at Atlantic Health System, visit atlantichealth.org/MISpineSurgery.