Dr. Ernest Braxton, a Neurosurgeon at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, introduced a first-of-its-kind-in-Vail procedure at Vail Health in Vail, Colorado, completing a successful awake spine surgery.
The surgery, a transformainal lumbar interbody fusion, took approximately 2 hours, during which the patient was awake, alert, comfortable, and able to watch video on an iPad.
“I’m excited to introduce this new minimally-invasive surgery to the Vail Valley,” said Dr. Braxton. “I’m optimistic that this will be the first of many.”
During an awake surgery, the patient is treated with localized pain solutions, avoiding the need for general anesthesia and after-surgery pain narcotics.