Image-guided surgery systems that provide real-time guidance for minimally invasive spine surgery can help improve patient outcomes, but these systems are costly for many hospitals. Surgeons may rely on checking implant placement with multiple static X-ray images that do not provide the real-time guidance of navigation. A new visualization option from DePuy Synthes Spine, the KICK System with FluoroExpress Software Module, aims to improve access to affordable advanced imaging technology so that surgeons can confirm proper placement of spinal implants while saving time in the operating room.
Research has shown that only 11 percent of spine surgeons in North America and Europe use advanced imaging technologies, even though image-guided spine surgery helps achieve accurate screw insertion and reduces the likelihood of revision surgery to adjust screw placement. DePuy Synthes Spine, Part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, has partnered with navigation leader Brainlab to expand access to advanced visualization through the KICK System. This image-guided surgery technology enables real-time intraoperative viewing of instrumentation and implants relative to patient anatomy to permit proper pedicle screw placement. Using a small, portable infrared camera with a computer and monitor, the system moves easily between operating rooms and works together with existing X-ray equipment to support surgical workflow. The monitor displays up to four different X-ray images at one time to make X-ray equipment repositioning to capture different views unnecessary — ultimately reducing radiation exposure and surgery time.
The KICK System is compatible with the VIPER System and the EXPEDIUM Spine System of implants, enhancing visualization during minimally invasive and open procedures to treat a broad range of spinal disorders.
“Building on our commitment to enabling technologies, the KICK System enhances less invasive surgery for the clinician who may not have access to expensive 3D imaging systems, but recognizes the need for advanced imaging to support a successful fusion procedure and help improve patient outcomes,” says Dan Wildman, Platform Leader, DePuy Synthes Spine. “Through solutions such as the KICK System, we are improving access to care and creating and delivering clinical and economic value to healthcare systems worldwide.”
In recognition of the need to broaden access to image-guided surgery in spine, the AO Foundation’s technical commission (AOTK) approved the use of the KICK System in AO education courses. The KICK System is the first advanced visualization technology in spine to be approved by the AO Foundation, providing an opportunity for more surgeons around the world to be trained on image-guided surgery. DePuy Synthes and the AO Foundation have a longstanding collaboration, which helps deliver world-class education and supports innovation to improve patient outcomes and increase efficiency of care.