Memorial Unveils New Spine Surgery Technology
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital now has a new way to perform spine surgeries more effectively.
Hospital staff unveiled their O-Arm device -- it allows surgeons to see a person's spine as a 3-dimensional image, rather than the standard 2-dimension.
Surgeons can navigate through the spinal column much more quickly and accurately, almost eliminating any chance of damaging the spinal cord.
Doctors say patients coming in for procedures, such as screw insertions, have much less to worry about with accidents during surgery.
"There's always the potential for complications or nerve injury during the process of screw insertion," said Dr. Michael Chang, "This technology greatly improves the accuracy of the process of screw insertion, and thereby minimizing the risk of complications."
Memorial says the machine one of 500 in the United States, and the only one in Eastern Washington.