New Brainlab Image-Guided Surgery Platform

Marina Del Rey Hospital Announces the Acquisition of Brainlab’s Curve Image-Guided Surgery Platform and 3D C-Arm Navigation Software. The 3-D C-Arm is designed to provide orthopedic spine surgeons with real-time navigation during complex spine and trauma procedures. Marina Del Rey Hospital already owns and operates with Brainlab'sNaviVision® 3D navigation system, this acquisition represents a significant upgrade to the already advanced system.

The 3-D C-Arm is designed to provide orthopedic spine surgeons with real-time navigation during complex spine and trauma procedures. Marina Del Rey Hospital already owns and operates with Brainlab'sNaviVision® 3D navigation system, this acquisition represents a significant upgrade to the already advanced system.

The Curve™ image-guided surgery platform will significantly enhance conventional navigation and will help orthopedic spine surgeons to improve ergonomics. The 3D C-Arm navigation offers a series of benefits to surgeons enhancing visualization and automatically registering patient data.

Marina Spine Center is First on West Coast to Use BrainLAB’s NaviVision® 3D Technology for Image-Guided Cervical and Lumbar Spine Surgeries

Robert Watkins, Jr. M.D and Robert Watkins, Sr. M.D., spine surgeons and co-directors of the Marina Spine Center in Marina del Rey, CA are the first surgeons on the West Coast to perform Image-guided cervical and lumbar spine surgeries using BrainLAB’s NaviVision® 3D navigation system.

Image-guided surgery using a NaviVision® 3D navigation system is a new surgical technique being used to treat cervical and lumbar spine maladies with a computer system supporting the surgeon prior to, and during surgery. In contrast to a robotic form of surgery, the orthopedic or neurosurgeon is in full control during the operation while the computer offers visual support. *The system also allows pre-operative planning and simulation of the surgical procedure before the first incision has been made.

NaviVision® 3D navigation system: provides the basis for computer-assisted or image guided surgery. Using two infrared cameras the system correlates your diagnostic data with your position in the operating room. This means that during surgery the surgeon can see a three-dimensional rendering of your spine on the monitor of the navigation system to get a clear perspective of the area in need of treatment. The CT data provides all the information the surgeon needs to make a decision on your course of treatment and also forms the basis for computer-assisted navigation during surgery.

This technology helps the surgeon see where his/her instruments are in relation to critical structures that are hard to recognize with the naked eye. The visualization provided by NaviVision® 3D minimizes risks of damaging sensitive structures like the spinal cord or nerve roots. Traditional lumbar pedicle screw insertion techniques have a 20-30% misplaced screw rate and 3-4% rate of nerve injury. According to Drs. Watkins, over a three year period they have inserted over 1000 lumbar pedicle screws. The results appear to be very good and to date we have had not reports of nerve injury due to screw placement and placement of the pedicle screws has been very precise.

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