Winter 2013
What’s New at Bridgeport Hospital?
Better Technology…Better Spine Surgery: O-arm/Stealth Station Navigation

Pictured above in Bridgeport Hospital’s Operating Suite with the O-arm are (l-r) Chief of Neurosurgery Kenneth Lipow, MD, Neurosurgeon Gary Zimmerman, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon John Awad, MD, and Orthopedic Surgeon Robert Dawe, MD.

Bridgeport Hospital neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons are some of the first experts in Connecticut to use the state-of-the-art O-arm/Stealth Station Navigation system for spinal surgeries. Thanks to the technology’s sophisticated guidance, patients with spinal injuries are receiving safer and more precise surgical treatment.

During surgery, the doughnut-shaped O-arm rotates around the patient and provides the surgeon with realtime 3D images from multiple angles. These images ensure accuracy by guiding surgeons and confirming the placement of instruments and hardware (such as pedicle screws in the spine) during surgery.

The system can also take images from traditional sources, such as X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds, and transform them into 3D images to use with the real-time guidance images taken in the operating room during the procedure.

For more information about, or a referral to, a Bridgeport Hospital-affiliated neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon, please call toll free, 24/7, at 1-800-794-5013.