Improving Outcomes with Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Being on the forefront of surgical innovations allows Henry Ford Allegiance Health to provide our patients with the advantages of next-generation technology that enhances safety and outcomes. Innovations in neurosurgery give patients the opportunity to experience the many benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery, including shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times.

Meet the Excelcius GPSTM Surgical System

Henry Ford Allegiance Health is the first in Michigan to offer patients the advantages of the Excelcius GPSTM surgical system. Innovative designs like the Excelcius GPS are revolutionizing minimally invasive spine surgery and optimizing patient care by combining the benefits of navigation and robotics into one technology. This technology is designed to increase safety for patients and accuracy for their surgeons.

“Robot-assisted surgery is a new, emerging area that will become the standard in care,” said Henry Ford Allegiance Health neurosurgeon Frank La Marca, MD. “At Henry Ford Allegiance Health, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care for our spine surgery patients. We are excited to offer our patients the advantages of the Excelcius system, which allows us to perform minimally invasive procedures which may result in less blood loss, less muscle damage and a potentially faster recovery.”

One of the advantages of the Excelcius GPS system is the inclusion of a GPS 3-D guidance system, designed to improve accuracy and optimize patient care by combining robotics with navigation, much like the GPS in a car. This advanced technology allows a neurosurgeon to place screws and implants in a very precise fashion while seeing exactly where to place their instruments in real-time.

Henry Ford Allegiance Health neurosurgeon Azam Basheer, MD, said, “The GPS navigation gives me continuous feedback and allows me to see everything in real time. Now, my colleagues and I can preprogram coordinates, so the robotic arm can assist in guiding us to precise locations in the patient’s spine. The result is safer, faster surgery with less radiation exposure and less need to reposition my patient.”

Welcome Sentio Neuromonitoring System, Generation 2

This fall, Henry Ford Allegiance Health was the first hospital in the U.S. to use Generation 2 of the Sentio neuromonitoring system. Most often used in minimally invasive spine surgery, this enhanced technology provides the neurosurgeon with feedback on the location of nerves, in real time, through the use of adhesive smart-sensors that are applied to the patient’s skin. By providing this timely information and enhancing surgical precision, the risks of damaging the patient’s nervous system are significantly reduced. As a result, safety is enhanced and overall patient outcomes are improved.

“Henry Ford Allegiance Health was given first access to this upgraded system because of our high volume of use, positive patient outcomes and the strong relationship we have built with the developer of the technology since its inception,” said Henry Ford Allegiance neurosurgeon Amritraj Loganathan, MD. “This advanced technology allows me to offer my patients the advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery, which typically results in faster recovery, less blood loss and a shorter hospital stay. Patient safety is our top priority, and this next generation of the Sentio system supports this better than ever.”