Johns Hopkins surgeons perform spinal fusion using xvision augmented reality guidance

Augmented reality
Surgeons wear a headset to perform procedures aided by xvision augmented reality technology

Augmedics has announced that its xvision Spine System (XVS), augmented reality guidance system has been successfully used for the first time in a spinal fusion surgery in the USA.

The system was used in a spinal surgery procedure by surgeons at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA). According to Augmedics, allows surgeons to visualise the 3D spinal anatomy of a patient during surgery as if they had “x-ray vision,” and to accurately navigate instruments and implants while looking directly at the patient, rather than a remote screen.

The surgery with the xvision Spine System was a posterior lumbar decompression, slipped vertebrae (spondylolisthesis) correction, and fusion. It was performed on June 8 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital by Timothy Witham, director of the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Spinal Fusion Laboratory, along with Daniel Sciubba, director of spine tumor and spine deformity surgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins and Camilo Molina, resident, Neurological Surgery at Johns Hopkins.

“Today marks a new era in spine surgery,” said Nissan Elimelech, founder and CEO, Augmedics. “This first case is just the beginning of a revolutionary change to the way surgery is performed by providing surgeons with more control, giving them the information they need, directly within their working field of sight, to instil technological confidence in the surgical workflow, and to help surgeons perform as safely and effectively as possible. We expect xvision will dramatically improve accuracy, safety, operating efficiencies and patient outcomes in an environment that increasingly can tolerate nothing less.”

The xvision spine system received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in late 2019.


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