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Dr. Jazini Makes World News With First Augmented Reality Hybrid Spine Surgery

Authored by Dr. Ehsan Jazini, MD. November 13, 2020

BREAKING NEWS — Dr. Jazini performed the world’s first hybrid spine surgery using augmented reality– a combined lumbar disc replacement and fusion.

The use of augmented reality in this hybrid surgery, and other spine surgeries, makes the procedure even less invasive, meaning a shorter recovery time and less pain in the healing process. The AR “Xvision”system, made by Augmedics, makes it possible for surgeons to visualize a patient’s 3D spinal anatomy during surgery – almost like they have ‘x-ray vision.’ This groundbreaking new technology is the first application of augmented reality in a laminectomy surgery in the world, and has the potential to streamline and partner several technologies in the operating room, giving surgeons better control and making procedures easier, safer, faster and less invasive. The surgery was performed at Reston Hospital Center (HCA Virginia Health System).

The technology utilizes all elements of a traditional navigation system, including a special headset the surgeon wears during the procedure. The navigation system projects the patient’s CT images into the surgeon’s headset, making it possible for him to see high-resolution 3D pictures inside the bones of the patient’s spine superimposed over the patient’s actual anatomy in real time. The goggle headset also accurately determines the position of surgical tools and superimposes them on the patient’s vital data, so the doctor never has to take his eyes off the patient.

Learn how augmented reality is complimenting the surgeon’s technique to make surgeries safer and less invasive for patients by scheduling a consultation with Virginia Spine Institute.


Dr. Ehsan Jazini is a board certified spine surgeon at Virginia Spine Institute. He has been the first in the nation, and in the world, to perform advanced surgical techniques in cervical disc replacement, augmented reality (AR) spine surgery, and robotic spine surgery. Dr. Jazini was the first in the world to perform Augmented Reality guided personalized spine implant surgery using artificial intelligence. As a leading published author in the field of spine surgery, Dr. Jazini was selected as the Editor in Chief of The Spine Health Journal for the National Spine Health Foundation. Learn more about Dr. Jazini.

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