What is intraoperative navigation?
Sophisticated imaging equipment that is used during surgery to provide accurate anatomical localization of important structures.
How does it help in spine surgery?
Preoperative imaging studies and 3D images obtained during surgery with portable CT type scanners can be used to help surgeons identify areas of pathology and assist with placement of spinal implants.
What are the advantages of intraoperative navigation?
Navigation allows us to place implants such as pedicle screws with much more precision and accuracy then relying on anatomical landmarks only. It can also help the surgeon locate areas of pathology that need to be addressed during surgery to provide pain relief. This can help avoid many complications and need for further surgery.
Not all surgeons use intraoperative navigation but our minimally invasive spine surgeons use this technology routinely to help provide excellent results!