Central Glory successfully treated 15 cases of scoliosis with innovative augmented reality and intraoperative navigation technology.

Central Glory successfully treated 15 cases of scoliosis with innovative augmented reality and intraoperative navigation technology.

The Neurosurgery Team at Taichung Veterans General Hospital performed the first spinal scoliosis correction surgery in Taiwan using augmented reality (AR) glasses combined with intraoperative navigation technology on October 17, 2022. Since then, they have continued to utilize this method and technology to help more patients suffering from spinal scoliosis. Currently, they have accumulated fifteen successful cases, leading the nation in this achievement. During a presentation of their results on the 9th, the hospital pointed out that using this surgical technique allows anatomical structures and the angles of bone screw placement to be displayed in real-time before the surgeon's eyes. This enables surgeons to avoid risky areas during surgery, reducing surgical complications and enhancing the safety of the procedure.

Dr. Kai-Yuan Chen, a neurosurgeon at Taichung Veterans General Hospital, stated that according to clinical surveys, the prevalence of scoliosis among Taiwanese adolescents is approximately 5-10%. Scoliosis can be categorized into two types: C-shaped and S-shaped, both of which were observed in the 15 cases treated at Taichung Veterans General Hospital. Analyzing these 15 cases, the average angle of spinal scoliosis was 79.57 degrees, with a maximum angle of up to 124 degrees. After surgery, there was an improvement of at least 80% in angle reduction, with a maximum improvement of up to 93%. The accuracy of bone screw placement during surgery was at least 95%.

One of the patients, Yan-Qi, suffered from growth retardation due to fever during childhood, along with scoliosis causing back pain. Her scoliosis angle had reached 90 degrees, impacting her cardiopulmonary function and limiting her participation in group activities.

However, after undergoing surgery utilizing augmented reality smart surgical glasses and intraoperative navigation technology, the scoliosis angle was corrected to less than 20 degrees. Her height increased from 145 cm to 155 cm, and six months post-surgery, her cardiopulmonary function significantly improved, enhancing her overall mobility and developmental progress.

Patients undergoing scoliosis surgery at Taichung Veterans General Hospital receive thorough preoperative anesthesia risk assessments. During surgery, a team of multiple physicians collaborates, with a technician responsible for navigating the instruments, and radiology technicians reconstructing patient images for evaluation and treatment purposes at different stages. After surgery, patients receive rehabilitation therapy focusing on walking and lower back muscles under the guidance of a rehabilitation medical team.

Since the first use of this innovative technology on October 17, 2022, Taichung Veterans General Hospital has treated fifteen patients with scoliosis, resulting in an average reduction in surgery time by approximately 20% and a decrease in blood loss by about 23%. Patients have shown excellent postoperative recovery with no complications, and they are highly satisfied with the surgical outcomes during follow-up appointments. This demonstrates that the use of augmented reality smart glasses combined with intraoperative navigation surgery technology not only shortens surgery time, reduces the risk of complications, and enhances surgical safety but also improves patient comfort, surgical efficacy, and satisfaction. In the future, Taichung Veterans General Hospital will continue to uphold the spirit of compassion, quality, innovation, and accountability, providing advanced medical technology and services to patients with scoliosis.

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