Aurora St. Luke’s Surgical Team Performs World’s First Neurosurgery to Use Groundbreaking Planning, Visualization and Automated Technology

MILWAUKEE , WI–(Marketwired – April 20, 2015) – In a breakthrough with the potential to improve outcomes and reduce the risks of complex brain surgeries, the surgical team at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee announced today the successful completion of a procedure using newly-cleared technology for planning and resection. This operation utilized the entire suite of Synaptive Medical Neurosurgical Solutions a few days after BrightMatterTM Guide was cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration. As a result, a procedure was successfully performed on the brain of a patient with minimal anesthetic and risk to the patient’s brain function.

“I’ve performed perhaps 10,000 brain surgeries in my career and this felt like the first time I had the tools I’ve always needed,” said Dr. Amin Kassam, vice president of the Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and chairman of the department of neurosurgery for Aurora Health Care, who performed the surgery. “From the first planning stages right up through the surgery itself, we finally had the kind of look inside the patient’s brain that previously we could have only dreamed of.”

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