What is Computer Assisted Spine Surgery?

As both a neurosurgeon and spine surgeon, Dr. Ernest Braxton offers eligible patients advanced surgical treatment options with computer-assisted spine surgery. Computer-assisted surgery utilizes state of the art technology in a minimally invasive manner to treat a range of spinal conditions. Computer-assisted spine surgery technology provides Dr. Braxton a real-time location and 3D imaging data to address the surgical site with unparalleled accuracy. Computer-assisted surgery provides patients with an optimal outcome.

Dr. Braxton’s computer-assisted surgery provides a faster and more precise treatment. Patient recovery time is also reduced and exposure to x-ray is decreased. The StealthStation® Surgical Navigation System and The O-Arm® Surgical Imaging System are the technologies Dr. Braxton utilizes. These two systems are a combination of state of the art hardware and software that work together to plan and conduct surgery in a minimally invasive manner. The surgical navigation system helps inform the pathway of treatment and the imaging system informs the theater of the repair. Together, this minimally invasive technology has improved spine surgery.

What is the O-Arm?

The StealthStation® Surgical Navigation System and The O-Arm® Surgical Imaging System Dr. Braxton utilizes are the technologies of choice for computer assisted surgery and neuronavigation. The StealthStation® Surgical Navigation System is much like a GPS system. The navigation system locates the exact positioning for key factors to perform the surgery. The surgical field and surgical procedure are viewed within the confines of the navigational system to ensure accuracy. Every move Dr. Braxton makes is viewed in relation to its exact location within the patient’s spine. This level of navigation goes far to assisting a positive outcome and at the same time, preventing potential complications. Navigation, combined with imaging, make for an even safer outcome.

The O-Arm® Surgical Imaging System is the 3D imaging component of the technology. This scanner provides real time imaging of the surgical field and procedure, allowing Dr. Braxton a complete view of the spinal level being addressed, including front, side and axial, or top down; placement of tools and instrumentation is supported. Anatomical data, including unexpected anomalies, is identified through the images generated inside the body during surgery. The O-Arm® Surgical Imaging System can also provide imaging of the entire body should that be required during the patient’s procedure.

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What Surgery is Performed Using the O-Arm?

Dr. Braxton provides surgical treatments using the computer assisted technology of the O-Arm with a range of diagnoses. These can include treatments for:

  • Herniated disc of the spine

  • Disc degeneration of the spine

  • Joint dysfunction including sacroiliac

  • Severe scoliosis

What are the Benefits to Using an O-Arm During Surgery?

The benefit of using The O-Arm® Surgical Imaging System along with The StealthStation® Surgical Navigation System include real time surgical feedback and augmented 3D visibility. Other advantages include:

  • Patient data flow in real time during the procedure
  • Surgical procedures accurately customized to the individual
  • Real time data for anatomical anomalies
  • No need for intraoperative radiology
  • Availability of image orientations including axial and coronal
  • Immediate imaging as needed

Patients benefit from the use of The StealthStation® Surgical Navigation System and The O-Arm® Surgical Imaging System in a number of ways. These include:

  • Smaller incision promoting quicker healing and limited infection
  • Minimal damage to surrounding muscle
  • Decreased potential loss of blood
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Reduced postoperative pain
  • Accelerated recovery

This minimally invasive surgical technology results in greater precision, increased safety for the patient and quicker improvements in mobility and function. Patients return to their preferred activities and lifestyle quicker compared to traditional procedures.