Global First: VSI Combines Modern Technologies to Perform Ultra-Customized Spinal Fusion Surgery

Authored by: Dr. Ehsan Jazini

Reston, VA, June 26, 2023 – Virginia Spine Institute (VSI), a renowned global leader in spine care, has achieved a remarkable milestone by pioneering the use of augmented reality (AR) technology in conjunction with custom, 3D-printed implants for spinal fusion surgery. Spearheaded by internationally-recognized Spine Surgeon Dr. Ehsan Jazini, this innovative approach represents a giant leap toward reducing surgical time, improving fusion rates, and minimizing complications in spinal fusion procedures. VSI’s commitment to progress and personalized care continues to revolutionize spine surgery outcomes for patients with neck and back conditions.

Utilizing cutting-edge augmented reality technology and custom 3D printing, VSI embarked on this revolutionary journey to redefine the traditional spinal fusion surgery experience and improve outcomes for patients. During the procedure, Dr. Jazini skillfully utilized a combination of minimally invasive techniques, advanced technology, and customization to restore the patient’s lumbar spine at two levels.

Commenting on this groundbreaking approach, Dr. Jazini stated, “The customized design aspect of this procedure enhances surgical precision by avoiding ‘off-the-shelf’ options. Operating with advanced AR technology combined with custom fusion implants not only reduces surgery time, but also significantly improves overall outcomes and accelerates recovery, supporting a faster healing process for my patients.”

The patient who underwent this groundbreaking procedure was suffering from debilitating radiating pain down his leg and buttocks due to lumbar spondylolisthesis, lumbar stenosis with neurogenic claudication, and lumbar disc disease with radiculopathy. Dr. Jazini’s tailored solution expertly stabilized the patient’s spine, effectively alleviating his pain and enabling him to reclaim an active lifestyle, including running, weightlifting, jumping, and climbing.

About Augmented Reality (AR):

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Cutting-edge technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) provide spine surgeons with heightened precision, enhanced control, and improved visualization during surgery. AR operates by superimposing computer-generated images onto the surgeon’s field of view, offering detailed insights into the patient’s anatomy in real-time. This advanced, x-ray-like vision enables surgeons to precisely position surgical implants with smaller incisions, ensuring an ultra-minimally invasive procedure. By harnessing this innovation, surgical accuracy is significantly improved, leading to reduced operating time and increased overall safety for the patient.

About 3D Printing Technology:

Drawing inspiration from industries like aerospace and automobile, which use 3D printing technology to fabricate custom parts, the field of spine surgery is progressively incorporating this transformative approach to revolutionize spine surgery. The success of this customized spinal fusion surgery was achieved in collaboration with Carlsmed®’s aprevo, a pioneering medical technology company. Carlsmed® employs proprietary algorithms and precise spinal imaging to create an entirely personalized surgical implant tailored to each patient.

The creation of a personalized implant begins with detailed imaging of the patient’s spine. A CT scan and X-Ray imaging are sent securely to Carlsmed®. Proprietary algorithms are then used to generate a personalized surgical plan and aprevo® implant designs. Once the plan is approved by the surgeon, the titanium aprevo® implants are 3D printed, sterile packaged, and delivered to the hospital in advance of the surgery.

This remarkable surgical achievement marks a momentous leap forward in global spine surgery, aiming to offer patients the personalized care they truly deserve for the future. VSI remains at the forefront of medical advancements, embracing state-of-the-art technologies to reshape the landscape of spine care worldwide.

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