The first US clinical human use of the Voyant system (Viseon) for minimally invasive spine surgery access, illumination and visualisation has been announced. The case was performed by neurosurgeon John J. Knightly of the Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists in Morristown, New Jersey, USA.
The Voyant system is composed of a sterile single-use, disposable retractor device with integrated visualisation technology. The system utilises a reusable controller enabling digital intraoperative manipulation of the surgical site image, which is displayed on operating room HD flat-panel display monitors. The sterile device also allows the surgeon to adjust intraoperative depth of focus.
John J. Knightly, vice chair of Neurosciences and medical director of the NeuroSpine Program at Overlook Medical Center’s Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in Summit, NJ, USA, stated, “The Viseon technology has the potential to change how I perform minimally invasive spinal surgery procedures.”
He continued: “The technology represents an alternative for using a surgical microscope, with sufficient anatomical distinction and depth perception to safely perform these cases, in an easy to use, disposable system.”