Stryker Navigation technology improves a surgeon’s accuracy in intricate surgeries by creating three-dimensional computer images of patient anatomy, showing detailed images on a computer screen right in the operating room. The images show the surgeon exactly how much bone has been removed and the angles, lines and measurements needed to align a prosthesis with the patient, as well as helping localize a brain lesion or tumor, or precisely place hardware in spinal fusions.
The system was developed by one of the world’s largest medical device companies. It combines computers, infrared cameras and wireless instruments to produce electronic imaging that lets surgeons accurately track in real time the placement of instruments in relation to patient anatomy. Using software based on the familiar Windows operating system, its frameless guiding and wireless smart instrumentation make setting trajectory and depth accurate and fast.
The minimally invasive system dramatically improves precision during surgery. It also limits the size of incision necessary, thereby minimizing problems with the surrounding tissue, and shortening both surgery time and length of recovery for the patient. Fewer complications and improved joint stability have also been reported. For some procedures Stryker Navigation eliminates the need for pre-operative x-rays and CT scans.