One of the latest developments in spine surgery is augmented reality to support surgeons as they operate. If you need surgery, the surgeons at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine are some of the most experienced in the country at using augmented reality spine surgery techniques. The practice has nine locations in Colorado, including Lone Tree, Englewood, Castle Rock, Denver, Wheat Ridge, Colorado Springs, Parker, Yuma, and Lamar. To schedule a consultation, call the office nearest you.
Augmented reality spine surgery uses images generated by a computer to enhance your surgeon's visual field. Using augmented reality technology, the surgeons at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine receive pictures of your spine's anatomy before your operation begins.
Your surgeon wears a headset and glasses fitted with a tiny computer. As they're looking at your skin, at the same time – in another section of the glasses – the computer overlays images of your bones.
The augmented reality glasses also enable your surgeon to view information like your vital signs, bone density, blood work and lab results, and other details during your surgery.
You might already be familiar with the term "virtual reality" or VR, a feature of some modern computer games. With VR, a person wears a headset that displays an entirely fictional scenario, replacing the real world completely.
Augmented reality is different, as it doesn't replace the real world. Your surgeon still sees everything precisely as it is, but with the information displayed in front of them. Augmented reality spine surgery doesn't replace the surgeon; it merely assists them.
Conditions that benefit from augmented reality spine surgery include:
Augmented reality spine surgery could potentially be useful for most forms of spine surgery. To date, it mostly helps surgeons perform thoracic (upper back) and lumbar (lower back) spinal fusion procedures and those that include instrumentation.
Benefits of augmented reality spine surgery include:
Augmented reality spine surgery uses minimally invasive techniques that only require small incisions. As a result, you're likely to experience significantly less pain after your surgery and require a much shorter recovery period.
The surgeons at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine are among the first to adopt this state-of-the-art technology to benefit their patients.
If you'd like to find out more about how augmented reality spine surgery could benefit you or undergo an evaluation for surgery, CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine can help. Call the office to make an appointment.