San Jose, CA (February 28, 2014) – More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. For many, the effects are severe — physically, mentally and emotionally. Although the source of chronic pain is not always easy to pinpoint, one common cause relates to disorders of the spine.
To help those patients with spinal problems, O’Connor Hospital has added a new, state-of-the-art surgical imaging system, the O-arm® Intra-operative Imaging System, to assist its neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons with complex and delicate spine surgeries. The O-arm Imaging System augments the hospital’s comprehensive program of advanced, high-quality spine care and pain management services designed to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.
When surgery is needed, this multi-dimensional imaging and navigational system gives the doctor better views of the surgical field, enabling the surgeon to maneuver and place instruments with greater safety and precision. This is especially important when operating in the spinal cord area, where accurate instrument placement is critical.
“The O-arm is the state-of-the-art technology in neuronavigation for both spine and brain surgery,” said O’Connor Hospital neurosurgeon David Yeh, M.D., a board certified neurosurgeon and part of www.southbaybrainandspine.com. “We can now preform instrumented spinal fusions, deformity, trauma, and tumors with more accuracy, efficiency and safety. The O-arm has changed the way we operate,” he added.
The O-arm imaging system provides 2-D fluoroscopy (moving X-rays) and 3-D images of the surgical site in real time. The technology is integrated with a navigational component similar to a car’s GPS (global positioning system). This combination enables the surgeon to visualize and track surgical instruments in relation to the patient’s anatomy and avoid critically sensitive areas of the spine.
The imaging system is a vital tool to help improve patient outcomes from minimally invasive spine surgery. Less invasive surgery offers patients fewer and smaller incisions, fewer post-surgical complications, less pain and a faster recovery and return to normal activities.