LOCAL MEDICAL NEWS: New Surgical System at Saint Thomas Rutherford

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Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital has announced the addition of the StealthStation™ S8, a surgical navigation system including an O-arm designed to help surgeons perform accurate procedures in the operating room. The system offers the most advanced version of Stealth™ technology - a combination of medical-grade hardware, software and specialized instruments - for neurosurgery and spine procedures.

The O-arm allows spine surgeons to more confidently place implants and navigate within a patient's anatomy. This further allows for more minimally-invasive surgery capabilities that typically reduce recovery time. The o-arm allows for a single scan of the patient, which can reduce the dose of radiation to a patient throughout a case instead of multiple scans from a traditional C-arm.

"We are excited to add this technology at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital to enhance our surgical patient care," said Gordon Ferguson, President and CEO of Saint Thomas Health. "It will provide our surgeons with added confidence during surgery by yielding real-time data to allow for accuracy in treatment."

Stealth™ technology has been used in surgical suites for more than 25 years and has assisted in more than 3.5 million procedures. The StealthStation™ S8 enhances generations with an intuitive new software interface, high-definition touchscreen monitors and advanced imaging capabilities that allow the surgeon to use pre-operative data during the surgery. Patient registration improvements allow the surgeon more flexibility in registration, while providing quantitative feedback. It also offers planning components, so the surgeon can load and review pre-operative data to assess the procedure and anatomical steps before the patient enters the surgical suite.

Dr. Abiola Atanda, TOA orthopaedic surgeon specializing in spine surgery, was the first to operate and use the new O-arm at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital: "Intraoperative navigation in Spine surgery allows for real-time image guidance which can lead to implant placement to be more accurate and rapid which can enable even complex deformity and revision surgery to be more safe with less dissection. Navigation is now often times being combined with robotics to refine spine surgery. I feel the navigation system is becoming a key technology in Spine surgery."

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