3d image-guided computer-assisted spine surgery (icss)- the new standard-of-care
Minimally invasive techniques have revolutionized the field of spine surgery by enhancing surgical precision and diminishing complication rates.
Image-guided computer assistance is the central pillar of minimally invasive spine surgery which involves an intra-operative 3d scan of the spine and creates a navigable image just like a google map used by motorists while driving. This enables even the most complex spinal surgeries to be performed with few millimeters of skin incision and minimal damage to surrounding tissues like muscles, ligaments and bones. Smaller skin incisions and tissue exposure are advantageous in reducing surgery-related blood loss and infection rates.
Just like google maps tracks like the location of a vehicle, 3d navigation allows the surgeon to track the live location of implants in the spine while instrumentation, which enhances placement accuracy.
Another significant advantage of 3d navigation is a reduction in radiation exposure because a single 3d scan is enough for the whole procedure and the surgeon doesn't need repeated x-ray images to confirm implant position.
Minimal collateral damage to surrounding tissues, accurate placement of implants, shorter surgery duration, lesser complication rates, faster rehabilitation translates into predictable and excellent clinical outcomes.