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Having GPS on your smartphone or in your car has probably changed the way you get from place to place. Similar to what GPS has done for geographic navigation, 3D image-guided surgery has revolutionized spine surgery.
Medtronic invests in technologies like 3D image-guided surgery to continue to improve spinal procedures. The O-arm surgical imaging system and StealthStation surgical guidance system work together to help your surgeon plan for, and conduct surgery with less invasive procedures.
The StealthStation® surgical navigation system is like your personal computer—it’s a combination of hardware and software. Surgical planning software helps surgeons get ready for surgery before ever making an incision. Monitors and displays help surgeons see exactly where their surgical instruments are in relation to the spine throughout a procedure.
The O-arm® surgical imaging system takes pictures and provides an inside view of what’s happening with your spine before and during surgery. The O-arm® system is different from a traditional x-ray machine or CT scanner because it can provide real-time and high-quality images in two or three dimensions, and a detailed look at your anatomy—from head to toe, even during surgery.
The amount of radiation emitted during an O-arm system scan is less than a CT scan and well within the range permitted by regulating bodies. Please talk to your surgeon before your procedure to have all of your radiation exposure questions answered.
These two technologies are designed to work together to help your surgeon:
These sophisticated tools aren’t yet available in every hospital specializing in spinal surgeries. However, Medtronic is working toward that goal. Ask your surgeon about 3D image-guided surgery.
Potential risks to any surgical procedure include unforeseeable complications caused by anesthesia, blood clots, undiagnosed medical problems such as silent heart disease, and rare allergic reactions.
Complications of spinal surgery can include neurological damage, paralysis, damage to the surrounding soft tissue and, where used, instrument malfunction. Most of these complications can be treated once they are detected, but sometimes they require a longer period of hospitalization or recovery, additional medications, and sometimes even additional surgery. Depending upon the type of surgery you are having, these risks will be explained by the primary surgeon. Other risks associated with implants used include device migration, loss of spinal curvature, correction, height, and/or reduction.
Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, contraindications, benefits, and risks. Only you and your healthcare team can determine whether this procedure is right for you.