SpineNevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute is the first center in Northern Nevada to use the PediGuard® technology.
Spinal fusion may be used to treat a number of spine conditions in both
the back and neck. During a spinal fusion surgery, pedicle screws are
used to help secure the vertebrae following the removal of the damaged
portion of the disc.
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The PediGuard® technology developed by SpineGuard addresses the
need in spine surgery for a safer way to place pedicle screws1. PediGuard®
is the world’s first handheld device with the ability to alert spine surgeons
of a potential breach during pedicle screw placement. This allows a greater
degree of safety particularly in minimally Invasive fusion cases, such as TLIF.
The PediGuard handheld device provides continuous, real-time
navigation that allows surgeons to hear and feel what they cannot see. The
technology helps alert surgeons to possible breaches in the vertebral body
or pedicular wall. Surgeons are then able to redirect with confidence.
“SpineNevada is happy to be the first spine center in Northern Nevada
to use this technology and we continue to work closely with PediGuard
to improve the technology. Our goal has always been to demonstrate
innovation in non-surgical and surgical spine care,” says Dr. James Lynch,
a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon and the founder of SpineNevada
Minimally Invasive Spine Institute. “While we are the only group using
PediGuard in the Northern Nevada region now, I expect other spine
surgeons will rapidly embrace it,” remarks Dr. Lynch.
Before PediGuard, surgeons relied primarily on imaging provided by a
fluoroscope (C-arm). Fluoroscopy provides internal structure images of the
patient and involves the use of x-rays. Scientific research data shows that
about 20% of pedicle screws are misplaced using conventional techniques,
this may result in complication rates of 2% - 5%.
Computer-based navigational equipment and nerve intraoperative
monitoring systems are other options used to monitor pedicle screw
placement. Computer navigation accuracy may vary depending on the
surgery complexity. Neuromonitoring is used primarily for lumbar spine
Increased safety of this device has not been established with FDA.
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