TriStar Greenview January 23, 2017

TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital has added O-arm® intraoperative imaging and navigation system for spine surgeries. This advanced imaging surgical system means better results for Southern Kentucky patients who need surgeries for the spine.

The multi-dimensional imaging technology is making surgery of the spine safer and more accurate. Our surgeons are able to pre-operatively plan treatment and operate in the complex and delicate area of the spine with greater precision, in a minimally invasive fashion using this 3D system. The system generates 3D images of the spines in real time in the operating room. The images are then superimposed on the patient's anatomy for precise placement of surgical instrumentation throughout the procedure. The benefits to the patient are smaller incisions, less pain, quicker recovery time, and a decreased chance of infection or other complications.

"Think of this as using GPS for surgery," says Dr. Todd Shanks, neurosurgeon performing surgery at TriStar Greenview. "The technology gives the ability to decide the perfect size, length and position of surgical instruments in real-time and avoid critical neural structures, as well as better evaluate correction of spinal deformities."

Our spine surgeons are using these integrated technologies for treatment planning and surgery for spine surgery that requires the placement of implants, such as cervical and lumbar fusions. This technology enables faster, safer instrumentation, even in patients who have had previous failed surgery, or who have spinal deformity.

The O-arm® Intra-operative Imaging System is not for everyone. Please consult your physician. For further information, please call the TriStar Medline® at (615) 342-1919.