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Advanced Neuroscience Network Brings New Innovations in Neurosurgery to South Florida

Delray Medical Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center now offer a complete and integrated surgical solution to patients with brain abnormalities

Palm Beach County, FL (November 18, 2014) – Two Advanced Neuroscience Network hospitals in South Florida are utilizing technology from Synaptive Medical and NICO Corporation to offer the latest advancements in neurosurgery. Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach and St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach are the first two neurosurgical centers to lead the effort in minimally invasive advanced visualization and interventional access to brain abnormalities in the Southeastern United States.

In the U.S., 50 percent of the 450,000 patients diagnosed with brain abnormalities have limited surgical options. The combination of Synaptive Medical’s BrightMatterTM Plan and NICO BrainPath® offers a complete and integrated surgical solution to patients. The approach is designed to minimize trauma and post-operative deficits and speed up the recovery process. Delray Medical Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center are the first two of only three hospitals in the world to currently offer the full complement of Synaptive and NICO neurosurgical products.

“These new tools open the door to minimally invasive surgery for patients who suffer from deep-seated brain tumors or certain types of stroke,” said Dr. Neil Patel, pediatric neurosurgeon on the medical staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center. “Previously deemed inoperable, patients and their families now have newfound hope, especially those with other medical conditions to consider.”

The BrightMatterTM Plan offers unprecedented visualization of 3D tractography in the brain, allowing the neurosurgeon to establish a minimally disruptive surgical path to the abnormality. BrainPath® enables intra-operative atraumatic access to the abnormality along the pre-planned surgical path and minimizes the potential impact to critical structures by displacing tissues of the brain during advancement to the abnormality. This all happens through an opening smaller than a dime.

“The addition of this technology to our program is a unique opportunity for physicians to pursue new surgical options in treating a variety of neurological diseases,” said Chief of Neurosurgery at Delray Medical Center, Dr. Lloyd Zucker. “The arrival of BrightMatterTM Plan and BrainPath® to South Florida provides our patients with access to some of the newest and most progressive technologies.”

“The brain is really the final frontier in applying a true minimally invasive approach to surgery due to the complexity of the anatomy, poor visualization tools and limited access,” said Jim Pearson, president and CEO of NICO Corporation. “With our combined technologies, we have now solved this problem and we can address a very large unmet patient need, ultimately setting a new standard of care in neurosurgery.”

Using these technologies, surgeons are able to plan and execute their surgical intervention while acutely observing critical structures. This image informed intervention brings an unprecedented sophistication to the field of neurosurgery, where tissue is respected throughout the course of a disease.

“We are excited to have our technology within these two hospitals that will be among the leaders in healthcare that can impact changing the standard of care in neurosurgery,” said Cameron Piron, CEO of Synaptive Medical. “A tool that allows for safe access and removal of a brain abnormality is unprecedented and long overdue.”