Spine Navigation Surgery

Depending on the type of surgical treatment recommended, your surgeon may elect to use a computer-assisted technique to perform your spine surgery. Yuma Regional Medical Center is the first community hospital in the United States to employ this leading-edge technology. 

Computer-assisted surgery is used when treating a wide range of spinal conditions, including degenerative disc disease, a deformity such as scoliosis, spinal stenosis, fractures and tumors. This innovative technique gives surgeons the ability to operate with better visualization and more accuracy. It provides comprehensive data about your anatomy in advance of your surgery so your surgeon can pre-plan for it and save valuable time in the operating room. It also helps reduce radiation exposure in the operating room by reducing the amount of x-ray images needed throughout the procedure. Computer-assisted surgery also provides your surgeon with real-time feedback during your surgery to aid in the correct alignment of your implants.

How Computer-Assisted Surgery Works

If your surgeon elects to perform computer-assisted surgery, you will undergo a CT scan, and these images will be used to build a virtual 3-D model of your spine. During your surgery, your surgeon will match points on your spine with the virtual model displayed on a monitor to create navigation guidelines, much like a GPS system in a car. This will help your surgeon track the position of surgical instruments and your implants in real time to aid in their accurate alignment.

For more information, or to make an appointment to see a specialist, please call 928-247-9714.


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