Image Guided Spinal Fusion
Spinal navigation is cutting edge technology that your COA surgeon may use during surgery. Because spinal deformity is the core feature of scoliosis, better visualization is a significant advancement. “You get the same tactile feel as when you are placing screws freehand, but you can see better,” says Dr. Michael L. Schmitz.
In order to use spinal navigation, your child will need to have a CT scan of the spine performed prior to surgery. The CT scan is then loaded into a special navigation machine. During surgery, your COA surgeon can "match up" landmarks on your child's spine that corresponds to the CT scan, and once this "registration" is performed, your surgeon can visualize your child's spine in accuracies typically within 1-2 milimeters.