Improving accuracy for orthopedic surgeries

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Spinal surgery and be very serious and intense and requires a steady sure hand.

“When you're placing screws in people’s spine, the margin for error is measured in millimeters, and not a lot of millimeters,” said Dr. Justin Dazley.

Thanks to the help of the O-Arm Medtronic machine, Dr. Dazley can see exactly what he's doing as he's doing it.

“Real time feedback about where the hardware is going,” said Dr. Dazley.

As an orthopedic surgeon he often performs procedures on scoliosis patients.

Taking a curved spine and installing screws or plates to help straighten out the vertebrae.

“X-Rays are an important part of spine surgery because they help us place the hardware safely and effectively,” said Dr. Dazley.

He tells KMVT this improved technology helps enhance the accuracy during surgeries.

“The operating room is equipped with multiple monitors that I can look at when I'm performing these kind of operations,” said Dr. Dazley.

The machine works kind of like a computer, downloading and displaying images quickly.

The instruments he uses come equipped with built-in cameras.

“So that I can see the spine from multiple different perspectives,” said Dr. Dazley. “From the front, from the side and from the top down.”

The device also reduces the amount of radiation a patient is exposed to.
“We want to be able to offer a high level of spine surgery here close to home,” said Dr. Dazley.

Because a successful surgery could make a world of difference for the person on the OR table.

“That helps bring or give somebodies life back to them and helps to improve their lifestyle,” said Dr. Dazley.

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