February 25, 2019
MountainView Hospital has acquired the latest system in neurosurgery technology that allows surgeons to perform brain and spinal surgeries with targeted precision. MountainView is the first in the state with this integrated system, and one of 30 in the United States.
Synaptive Medical's BrightMatter™ system and Modus VTM robotic arm are highly detailed imaging, navigation and robotic platforms. The technology is used to operate on brain tumors, aneurysms, vascular lesions and skull-based issues. The high-powered digital robotic microscope and light source can also be used in minimally invasive spine surgery. MountainView recently performed its first spine procedure, and separately a brain procedure, using the new system with Dr. Scott Glickman, neurosurgeon.
"The addition of modern, refined technology is a huge step for neurosurgery at MountainView Hospital," said Dr. Glickman. "We have better access to enriched data that allows us to explore multiple surgical approaches to create the best operative plans for every case."
This new system enables surgeons to approach each surgery with a personalized plan. The surgeon can view patient anatomy in 3-D, making it possible to perform complex procedures on unreachable areas or tumors of the brain with less invasive approaches and more precision. The technology also automatically maps and highlights all tracts before and during surgery for optimal surgical planning.
Using an attached camera, the automatic positioning system follows the physician's tools, showing an image of the patient's brain with unprecedented detail before and during surgery. Sensors assist the doctor with surgical instrument alignment for optimal movement throughout the brain, ultimately minimizing the possibility of damaging tracts that are associated with key brain functions such as movement, speech and vision.
The new robotic addition allows surgeons to perform less invasive procedures with more precision. For patients, less invasive procedures may lead to reduced complications and faster recovery times.
"We are excited to be able to provide for our community when it comes to improving the quality of our patients' lives," said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Chief Executive Officer. "By acquiring new surgical technology systems, we are taking another step in caring for our patients and providing the latest technologies that could improve their outcomes."