Advanced imaging and navigation improves outcomes
McAllen Medical Center is the first hospital in the area to equip neurosurgeons with the latest intra-operative surgical navigation and imaging systems.
The new Medtronic StealthStation 7 and O-Arm 1000 help neurosurgeons maintain constant and seamless visualization of the spine during surgery. The models combine multiple modes of imaging data into virtual maps that help guide the neurosurgeon.
Using these 3-D, multi-plane and fluoroscopic images, McAllen Medical Center’s neurosurgeons can view a patient’s anatomy right from the operating table, visualize the surgery in real time, and verify surgical changes prior to the patient leaving the surgical suite. Patients undergoing elective or emergent spinal procedures may experience less invasive surgeries, faster recovery times, and improved outcomes.
“Time is critical in the operating room, especially in instances of trauma,” said Dr. Jaime Gasco, a neurosurgeon with Valley Care Clinics. “Neurosurgeons can plan their approach and precisely track the location of surgical instruments when a difference of millimeters is monumental. Additionally, everyone’s anatomy is different and sometimes what we think we will encounter is not what we actually encounter when we go in to fix the problem. Having the most sophisticated inter-operative navigation and imaging equipment doesn’t necessarily make the surgeons’ jobs easier, but it helps us to do it better.”
Dr. Gasco was the first physician to use the system within days of its arrival at McAllen Medical Center. The first case in which he used the O-arm and StealthStation was an elective spinal fusion case. The procedure is a relatively common procedure to alleviate lower back pain.