Computer-navigated surgery uses GPS technology, similar to what you have in your car, and 3D computer images to help the surgeon move the instruments with more precision.
While some hospitals perform computer-navigated surgery, and still others perform minimally invasive surgery, EvergreenHealth Medical Center is among the few that have combined both technologies.
This provides patients with both the precise alignment of computer-navigated surgery and the patient comfort and easier recovery of minimally invasive surgery.
Computer-navigated joint replacement. With computer-navigated joint replacement, surgeons use a 3D computer imaging system that allows them to see the unique anatomy and mechanics of each patient's joint.
That enables them to make precise surgical cuts and review alignment and range of motion with the implant in place before leaving the operating room.
The result is a more precise alignment of the implant, which give patients a new joint that will last longer.
Computer-navigated spine surgery. The new spine navigation technology system uses scans of the patient's anatomy and a navigation camera in the operating room to show the exact positioning of the surgical instruments within the spine.
This means greater precision, greater safety and better results because with spine surgery, even a couple millimeters off can result in spinal cord or nerve damage.