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Doctors Perform Minimally Invasive Spinal Procedure With AR Headset

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Augmented Reality is now almost everywhere, and the medical line is no exception. One of the long and invasive procedures until now was a posterior lumbar interbody fusion involving the bone graft to the spine area. Recently, Dr Kornelis Poelstra and his team partnered with The Nevada Spine Clinic has performed a Spinal Procedure feat to reduce the surgery time to under two hours.

The team performed the first posterior lumbar fusion procedure on a patient. It uses an aggregate of Medtronic’s Mazor X robotic platform combined with Augmedics FDA-approved xvision. 

What the Minimally Invasive Spinal Procedure involves?

It includes adding bone graft to the spine for a biological response, leading to bone growth between two vertebral elements. This procedure usually took around 6 hours and now completed on the patient in just two hours. It involves the xvision headset in tandem with the Mazor X robot to execute the surgery.

This time reduction was due to the xvision headset that enables the team to identify and pinpoint the implants’ area. Moreover, in this case, Molybdenum Rhenium, an exclusive superalloy MoRe lower profile 4.5mm rod assigned with the MiRusEuropa Pedicle Screw System.

Before the Spinal Procedure, neurosurgical spine surgeons and orthopedic surgeons use the robotic platform. That was to pre-plan the precise placement of the impact and screw system. Moreover, that makes the entire process less time-consuming and effective.

In fact, after this stage, Dr Poelstra’s xvision headset takes them to the AR world, where he follows his 3D anatomical blueprint made using the software. This new procedure has several benefits, such as being exceedingly efficient and minimally invasive. Moreover, it also helps the team to locate the implants with advanced precision. So, it reduces time spent under anesthesia in the operating room. 

Dr. Poelstra, a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, is the front and center of the development and design of spinal robotics that assists in spinal fusions. In fact, he has performed over a thousand complex romantic procedures. 

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