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What does it mean when a spine surgery has computer-assisted navigation?

Dr. Don Y. Park, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Computer-assisted navigation in spine surgery is where surgeons obtain images using an O-arm or Arrow Machine in the operating room and obtain computed tomography (CT) type images, and import them into the computer. Once the images are in the computer, surgeons are able to get three-dimensional images that can be used during spine surgery to place screws and implants accurately. This has been shown to have high accuracy, with 96 to 99 percent accuracy of placement of screws. So, this is very useful for difficult, altered or atypical anatomy, especially in places that can't be seen very well with conventional techniques such as x-ray or fluoroscopy in the operating room.

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