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CT doctor uses augmented reality goggles to perform groundbreaking spinal surgery

The Stamford Advocate highlights the computerized augmented reality (AR) navigation technology being used by spine surgeons at HSS Orthopedics at Stamford Health, and features two patient experiences after surgery performed by Harvinder S. Sandhu, MD, MBA, co-chief of HSS Spine.

Dr. Sandhu explained by using specialized goggles, he is able to see through tissue surrounding a patient’s spine and provide more precise and faster surgeries and, by extension, quicker recovery with less chance of infection.

He cited the technology allows the surgeon to see an overlay of data pulled from MRIs [magnetic resonance imaging] and other technology superimposed on the patient’s spine, as well as written data visible in the corners of his visual field. He said the visible terrain means he can pinpoint areas without having to expose more markers along the spinal landscape, as is the case in more traditional surgery.

Dr. Sandhu saw HSS patient Paul Solis-Cohen and determined he needed lumbar decompression surgery involving a laminectomy and spinal fusion of the L4 and L5 vertebrae.

“I went into the OR [operating room] with pain down my leg and I was wheeled out pain free,” noted Solis-Cohen.

HSS patient Brynn Blystone, who was living with degenerative disc disease, underscored the success of her surgery.

“He [Dr. Sandhu] broke things down and told me what was going on and how he could attack it. I said, ‘Let’s go with technology.’ And I’ve got my life back,” said Blystone.

Read the full article at Stamfordadvocate.com. This article also appeared in print on September 18, 2021.