Spine Surgery Uses Haptic Feedback to Prevent Pedicle Breach
This device provides surgeons with haptic force feedback while performing minimally-invasive spine surgery. Tactile feedback guides the placement of pedicle screws during spinal fusions or reconstructive surgeries after spinal injury. In these types of surgeries, two screws must be carefully placed in the pedicle of the vertebra surrounding the spinal cord. Haptic feedback indicates the risk of pedicle breach, and allows preventive steps to be taken to reduce the chance of pedicle perforation. If these screws are not placed correctly they could breach the pedicle, damaging the spinal cord or soft tissue. The margin of error for placing pedicle screws during spine surgery is on the scale of millimeters, and it is important for surgeons to have the proper tools to guide screw placement. This technology improves the accuracy of screw placement, and the safety of spine surgery involving pedicle screws.
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HAPTIC FORCE FEEDBACK TO IMPROVE PEDICLE SCREW PLACEMENT IN SPINE SURGERY
- Reduces risk of pedicle breach during spine surgery
- Provides real time force feedback to the surgeon
- Device is able to predict pedicle breach before it happens and causes complications
- Proper screw placement increases the positive outcomes of the surgeries
- Reduces duration of surgery and exposure to radiation
Phase of Development Preliminary proof of concept testing in human cadaver and porcine models.