Merrillville, Indiana (January 26, 2012) – Methodist Hospitals will unveil a multi-specialty computer assisted surgery suite to help surgeons in performing more effective spinal, neuro and orthopedic surgeries. This technology uses an infrared Surgical Navigation Camera and Smart Instruments along with unique tracking software to assist in guiding surgeons and their instruments through the patient’s anatomy.
“It is one of the most advanced multi-specialty computer assisted surgery suites of its kind in a 200 mile area including Indiana, Illinois and Michigan,” said Jared Slibeck, sales representative from Stryker Navigation.
“It’s like having a global positioning system in the operating room,” said Elian Shepherd, Spinal Surgeon and Medical Director of the Spine Care Center at Methodist Hospitals. “Computer assisted technology gives us valuable and accurate information on the relative position of instruments, anatomy and surgical targets. It may lead to improved patient outcomes.”
The computer software builds a virtual 3-D digital model of the patient’s anatomy. During surgery, the infrared camera communicates with the sensors mounted on the patient and instruments, and the software continuously calculates and displays the location of the surgical instruments relative to the patient’s anatomy in real time.
“Potential benefits to the patient are numerous,” said Dr. Shepherd. “Computer assisted technology may allow for minimally invasive techniques which may lead to smaller incisions, shorter post-operative rehabilitation and less blood loss.”
Computer assisted surgery does not replace the surgeons’ skills, but with this technology they are provided important data and given an enhanced visualization of the anatomy. This enables them to more accurately place and align implants and navigate their instruments through delicate anatomy.
“The new computer assisted surgery suite will enhance the patient experience at Methodist Hospitals. It will allow residents of Northwest Indiana the opportunity to receive the best care available without having to travel out of the area, said Ian McFadden, President and CEO of Methodist Hospitals.
The unveiling of this technology will take place during a Press conference and VIP Reception scheduled on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at Methodist Hospitals, Pavilion B, at 200 E. 89th. Avenue in Merrillville, Indiana. The press conference will start promptly at 11:30 a.m. followed by tours of the Multi-Specialty Computer Assisted Surgery Suite with demonstrations led by our surgeons.
About Methodist Hospitals
Methodist Hospitals is a community-based, not-for-profit health system with two full-service acute care facilities in Gary and Merrillville, Indiana, that has been leading the way to better health for residents of Northwest Indiana for almost 100 years. Methodist Hospitals offers a number of award-winning programs, including its Neuroscience, Oncology, and Cardiovascular Institutes, Restart Center for bariatric surgery and Women’s Health. Its range of services also includes Emergency services, Orthopedics and Spine, comprehensive Rehabilitation services and Home Health Services.