Dr. Kim discusses how O-arm® imaging is used to help treat patients with severe scoliosis, a curvature of the spine.
One of the most difficult, complex surgeries are scoliosis surgeries. This is a spine that has a lot of deformity, a lot of twisting areas and the anatomy is very different from somebody’s spine that is straight. So you can imagine how complicated and how challenging that surgery can be without three-dimensional technology.
Traditionally the spine is opened up completely so that we can see the anatomy with the naked eye and we may even need to feel things directly to make sure that the implants are in the right position and that we’ve moved things into the correct location.
With O-arm® three-dimensional technology we can identify without having to open up the wound entirely, exactly where certain vital structures are, exactly where we have to put certain implants and for contemporary scoliosis surgery we tend to do this with screws and rods and one of the most dreaded complications that we have in complex surgery is placing spinal implants, such as screws, in the wrong position and the O-arm® three-dimensional technology allows us to see where we are going and once the implants are in the right position, to confirm that they are in the perfect position.
About Dr. Choll Kim, M.D.:
Dr. Choll Kim graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School and completed his fellowship training in complex spine surgery at the Mayo Clinic. He is board certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dr. Kim is a nationally known expert in the modern field of computer-assisted minimally invasive spine surgery. He has trained specialists throughout the country on the safe and effective application of state-of-the-art techniques using image guidance and navigation technologies.