Phoenix TV Newscast Spotlights BrightMatter™ Plan at Abrazo Central Campus Hospital

Dr. Marco Marsella is first neurosurgeon in Arizona to use Synaptive’s surgical planning technology

Synaptive Medical’s BrightMatter™ Plan is helping surgeons change the way patients are treated in Arizona. Abrazo Central Campus Hospital’s neurosurgical team, led by Dr. Marco Marsella, were recently featured in a Phoenix CBS 5 News story, “Phoenix neurosurgeon says cutting-edge brain mapping software is the future of neurosurgery.”

Abrazo Central Campus is a 221-bed acute care and teaching hospital that offers a range of healthcare services from women’s health to cardiac care and neurology.

The feature story, which includes a video interview with Dr. Marsella, highlights that Abrazo Central Campus is the first hospital in Arizona to offer Synaptive’s technology to patients.

 

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

A local hospital is now the first to implement a new, cutting-edge technology that’s giving many their lives back.

At Abrazo Hospital’s Central Phoenix campus, world-renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Marco Marsella, is taking brain surgery to a new level.

“This is going to be the future in neurosurgery,” said Dr. Marsella.

Dr. Marsella is the first to use Brightmatter, a brain mapping software that provides a three-dimensional guide to remove deep brain tumors, contusions and brain bleeds with precision.

“You might have cut into something like this 10 years ago, but now you can see and work your way around it,” said Preston Phillips.

“Correct. For example, a good choice is here, where the software tells you there are no white matter tracts, completely displaced, destroyed by the tumor, so you know, it is very safe,” replied Dr. Marsella.

In one video demonstration, a patient who was previously told by a neurosurgeon that his tumor could be removed, but he would wake up without any speech, was operated on and sent home 36 hours later with his speech intact and back to a normal, working lifestyle.

“I’ve seen patients who I would’ve never considered they would survive and they did incredibly well,” said Dr. Marsella.

Because this technology is so advanced, Dr. Marsella is able to operate on patients, otherwise deemed inoperable.

“With this system, I can push an operation and results have been way more than encouraging,” said Dr. Marsella.

The full story, including the interview and demonstration with Dr. Marsella, is available on CBS5 Phoenix’s website.