TriStar Centennial Medical Center (Nashville, USA) is the first healthcare system to incorporate the Levó head positioning system (Mizuho OSI) into their operating room. Mizuho OSI state claim that the system confers better control and safety of a patient’s head position while spinal surgery is performed, reducing the time a patient needs to spend in the operating theatre.
A company press release states that “TriStar Centennial strives to support its world-class surgeons through innovation that makes performing spine surgery easier.” Traditional head positioning equipment uses multiple pins and supports to keep a patient’s head and neck in a stabilised position. When a patient requires repositioning during a procedure, the process of readjusting typically involves using cumbersome mechanisms, often requiring the surgeon and an additional person to manoeuvre the head and spine at the same time. Without the ability to fully control a patient’s spine and head, the patient is at a higher risk for injury. The Levó minimises the complications of head positioning by providing surgeons with a more streamlined level of control during spine procedures using “innovative” technology.
“By incorporating the Levó into their operating room, TriStar Centennial can improve patient care through less time spent in surgery,” says Brett Babat (Nashville Neurosurgery Associates; TriStar Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, USA). “During spine procedures, having precise control of a patient’s head and neck is absolutely critical, which isn’t always possible with traditional head positioning equipment. With the Levó, surgeons no longer have to rely on another team member to help with repositioning—by restricting motion to one movement plane, miniscule yet critical adjustments are easily achieved.”
Designed to provide fluid, controlled motion, the Levó’s functionality supports an improved surgical workflow and enhanced access during a procedure, a press release states. This is achieved through key modules that support the efficient attachment of a skull clamp and control handles, which allow for intraoperative adjustments. Various interchangeable modules support the use of a skull clamp or face pillow, promoting a versatile platform that delivers optimal use within each practice.