Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in this area to use a revolutionary computer-assisted surgical solution for sinus surgeries. This state-of-the-art system allows Thomasville Medical Center ENT surgeons to perform sinus procedures in a minimally invasive way with less risk to patients.
Navigation System for Sinus Surgery
Revolutionary tools to provide remarkable medicine
Surgeons here are one of the the first in the area to use a new image-guided, computer-assisted surgical system that makes complex sinus surgery safer, faster and more effective.
How It Works
Before surgery, patients undergo a series of computed tomography (CT) scans, which are downloaded into the new Stryker Navigation System™. During the procedure, surgeons insert specially-designed instruments into the patient's nose and maneuver them into the sinus cavity. The instruments have sensors that transmit signals to the system.
Sophisticated software integrates the CT scans with the data from the instruments and displays a real-time view of precisely where the instruments are positioned. This view helps surgeons reach the surgical site more quickly and accurately with less damage to the surrounding tissue. The system helps the surgeon navigate through the sinus cavity even when normal anatomical landmarks are altered or disrupted. They are often able to reach sites that were previously difficult to reach and perform more complete procedures, which reduces the likelihood that repeat surgery will be needed.
System Offers Many Benefits
By providing surgeons with a clearer view of sensitive tissue, this revolutionary tool enables our surgeons to perform a number of minimally-invasive endoscopic sinus procedures with greater precision. In addition, the system often reduces:
Damage to tissue during surgery
The length of surgical procedures
The amount of time patients need general anesthesia
The risk of complications
The amount of time patients spend in the hospital
The amount of pain patient’s experience after surgery
The need for repeat surgery.
Image-guided surgery is not used in all sinus procedures but it offers an exciting option for patients whose sinus problems are located in hard-to-reach areas, those whose condition was not successfully treated with previous surgery, and those who have opted not to have sinus surgery because of the potential risks involved.