Spinal Navigation

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A computer-assisted Spinal Navigation System for minimally invasive spinal surgery for more complicated procedures is an integral part of the Waterbury Hospital Center for Surgical Innovation.   The image-based technology used in spinal surgery uses scans of the patient's anatomy and instruments that are tracked by the Navigation System's camera. Navigation can help surgeons more precisely guide their instruments in more advanced and complex procedures.

Patient benefits of this minimally invasive technique for spinal surgery include:

  • Less post-operative pain
  • A lower risk of infection
  • Minimal scarring
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Faster recovery times
  • Earlier discharge from hospital

All of this combined means patients are able to get back to their lives more quickly.

Here’s the experience of one of our patients

MikeJanettyMichael Jannetty’s back pain was killing him, at least he felt like it was. Just seven years earlier he had undergone a spinal fusion procedure and while it initially relieved his pain, his symptoms began reoccurring due to stenosis and arthritis in his vertebrae.

“The pain was so bad I couldn’t even stand for long. Often my legs would give out. I lived in pain for more than a year” he says. It was then that he turned to Dr. Alan Waitze for neurosurgery at Waterbury Hospital. Dr. Waitze, a highly trained neurosurgeon incorporates an advanced new technology known as Computer Assisted Spinal Navigation for his patients. The Navigation procedure cleared up areas of spinal congestion, also enabling Dr. Waitze to remove hardware implanted from Michael’s previous procedure.

Just four weeks after surgery Michael was on vacation. And, today’s he's back on the golf course and back in the game. With the use of the region’s only Computer Assisted Spinal Navigation System, Michael had a faster, better recovery.