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August 2, 2022

UConn Health announces first augmented reality spine surgery in region

Photo provided by Isaac Moss Dr. Isaac Moss (left) and Dr. Chirag Chaudhary wear headsets to perform augmented reality spine surgery in the UConn Surgery Center, with OR nurse Tony Westhoff (right) assisting. It was the first case of its kind in central Connecticut, May 10, 2022.

The University of Connecticut Health announced that one of its orthopedic surgeons performed central Connecticut’s first “augmented reality” spine surgery.

The technology expands the range of spine surgeries that can be done using a minimally invasive approach.

The surgery was performed recently by Dr. Isaac Moss, chair of UConn Health’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery and co-director of its Comprehensive Spine Center.

Moss said in an interview with UConn Today that the procedure is “X-ray vision, in a way."

"This allows us to do even more complicated procedures in a more efficient and safer manner,” he said.

The spine surgery consists of a posterior cervical decompression and fusion to address spinal cord compression and progressive weakness, with the new system guiding the placement of screws to stabilize the patient’s spine.

UConn Health said candidates for the surgery include patients with spinal tumors, spinal stenosis, spinal deformities and age-related degenerative spine disorders.

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