This past weekend, Dr. Mark McFarland went to Philadelphia, PA to learn about, explore and be trained on the Globus Robotic and Navigation System for Spine surgery. OSC Surgeons are constantly learning about new products and services to improve surgical technique, the surgical experience and outcomes for their patients. Dr. McFarland is in the process of trying several new robotic/navigation systems to augment his very busy spine surgery practice.
Dr. McFarland elaborated on the two major benefits of the system on which he trained. “What I appreciate is that there is a much less radiation exposure for the patient, OR staff and surgeon during the spine procedure. Traditional spine surgery uses x-ray throughout the procedure to check on surgical progress and accuracy. The C-Arm gives a great deal of feedback to the surgeon, however, it also exposes everyone in the OR to radiation every time it is used. While the exposure for the patient is minimal and limited to one surgery, the surgeon and OR personnel are exposed to radiation over and over with every spine surgery. So the Globus and Brain Lab systems offer a big benefit with reduced radiation.”
While this is a fantastic benefit, there is another very important reason for using a robotic/navigation system during spine surgery. Dr. McFarland explained that “the use of this system decreases the risk of malpositioning of screws used during spine surgery to almost zero. We can use either a pre-surgical CAT scan taken of the patient’s spine or we can map it during surgery. When the computer knows all of the key geographic points in the patient’s spinal anatomy, it will help me position the surgical screws with amazing accuracy and not have to take x-rays to check positioning. I certainly am happy to use any system that helps me be more accurate and that gives the patient the best possible outcome after surgery”.
The first two images show Dr. McFarland test-driving the Globus system.
The third image is from the Brain Lab Navigation system, which Dr. McFarland used in the OR in a training session. This system also minimizes radiation exposure while enhancing surgical accuracy.