- Surgeons with Memorial Hermann Medical Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston announced the first sinus surgery in the U.S. using augmented reality technology.
- The minimally invasive procedure used 3D mapping and imagery to guide the surgeon’s endoscopic view of the surgical area, much like a GPS road map in a car.
- The March 2 surgery was performed using Stryker’s Scopis Target Guided Surgery (TGS) technology.
Tools like the one used in Houston can help to prevent complications and improve outcomes by giving doctors more information to guide them through a procedure.
The TGS system allowed surgeons to treat the patient’s recurrent chronic rhinosinusitis, as well as a lesion that was obstructing part of the sinus.
“This was a complicated case,” Martin Citardi, chair of the department of otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery in the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and the surgeon who performed the surgery, said in a press release. "By using this technology, we were able to plan a pathway to drain that blocked frontal sinus and avoid the need for a more extensive procedure.”
Similar work with 3D-printed models is enabling physicians to study and practice on exact replicas of patients’ organs before they go into the operating room — leading to shorter surgeries, reduced use of anesthesia and fewer complications.