Placement of Spinal Hardware
Depending upon the type of spinal issue your child may be suffering from, they may require the use of certain spinal hardware. For some patients, this hardware is growing rods, while for other they may be plates or screws. However, no matter the type of spinal hardware, they are all meant to provide a guide or act as a bracing mechanism to assist the spine in holding its newfound “normal” position.
During any type of spine surgery precision is of maximum importance. In order to improve spinal function through the placement of spinal hardware, surgeons must be extremely careful not to disturb or disrupt any nerve, or sensitive tissue that isn’t par of the surgery. Considering how sensitive the spinal area, and its surrounding network of nerves are, any false moves or improper actions can have catastrophic results. Permanently affecting a patient and causing negative life-long ramifications, like partial or full paralysis, terrible pain, numbness, weakness, and much more.
More Precise Surgery with Stereotactic Navigation
To allow for more precise surgery Dr. Widmann will recommend the use of Stereotactic navigation, during certain procedures in order to carefully, and precisely, place spinal hardware. Stereotactic Navigation allows the surgeons to first, plan out their points of entry as well as the main points in which they will input the hardware. Not only does it allow for planning, but it allows them to see within the back and spine region while the surgery is in progress, using revolutionary scanning software and equipment.
This means doctors can now see inside the body as they are inputting the spinal hardware, holding a number of overall benefits to both doctor and patient.
- Being able to see while surgery is takin place, means doctors will have to make less incisions and procedures are overall less invasive.
- Navigation software is highly interactive and allows for doctors to both plan and execute spinal hardware surgery.
- Extremely in-depth scanning. Doctors can see imaging at an extremely high level of detail, better than that of a camera view.
- Allows for in-surgery quality control as well as post-operative workflows.