“When restoring the optimal sagittal alignment is not intuitive”
Although studies have shown that proper sagittal alignment is directly linked to clinical outcomes and can help prevent revision surgeries, the use of sagittal alignment theories is not spread out. When it is, surgeons do not have the tools to execute their plan. “62% of patients remained sagittally malaligned after surgery”.
Radiographic Outcomes of Adult Spinal Deformity Correction: A Critical Analysis of Variability and Failures Across Deformity Patterns. (Spine Deform. 2014)
(Moal B, Schwab F, Ames CP, et al.)
“When it appears difficult
to bend a rod to a precise angle”
“When surgeons are not equipped to execute their pre op plan”
“When manual rod contouring reduces
the fatigue life of a rod”
The effects of rod contouring on spinal construct fatigue strength. (Spine 2006)
(Lindsey C, Deviren V, Xu Z, Yeh RF, Puttlitz CM.)
“When time in the OR is key”
- “Infection rates and the quality of a patient’s recovery are directly linked to the duration of the surgical procedure”Risk factors for deep surgical site infections after spinal fusion. (Eur. Spine J. 2010)(Schimmel JJP, Horsting PP, de Kleuver M, Wonders G, van Limbeek J.)
- Surgeons should be able to focus 100% on the patient
- Operating room time is very costly
How can the surgeon stop performing the last stage in the rod manufacturing process ?