TORONTO, CANADA (October 26, 2016) — Synaptive Medical is showcasing their BrightMatter™ technology at the upcoming North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, which starts today and runs through Oct. 29.
This is the first time Synaptive has attended NASS and will demonstrate their robotics and visualization technology at Booth # 1366. BrightMatter™ supports a multidisciplinary approach to patient care through informatics, advanced imaging, and robotics that bring state-of-the-art visualization to the operating room.
Dr. Tom Doers, an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Aurora St. Luke’s Healthcare in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will present his clinical experiences with Synaptive’s robotic technology at a special NASS session on advancements in innovation for spine surgery. His session will explore how using the robotic arm for visualization has impacted his patients and increased communication with his staff. He will also speak to the impact of Synaptive’s technology on him physically, especially on days where he may perform as many as six spine procedures.
As health care shifts to delivery models that are increasingly focused on increased efficiency and higher quality of care, Synaptive’s BrightMatter™ technology is addressing this new paradigm with solutions for transformative insights from diagnosis through post-operative care, and beyond.
One of the challenges in spine surgery is direct visualization of neural structures and soft tissues. Surgeons will often use surgical microscopes or loupes with illumination mounted to their head, a solution to visualization that was developed in the 1800s. As a result, the operating team often cannot see what the surgeon can see and surgeons often perform surgery in positions that can cause fatigue, pain and unfavourable health outcomes.
BrightMatter™ addresses the complexities of the operating room setup and transforms the surgical workflow. With a camera mounted on a robotic arm to automatically follows the surgeon’s instruments, a wider customizable field of view is projected onto a large monitor and viewable by the entire operating team. Surgeons spend less time manipulating cumbersome optics and are able to work in a comfortable upright position while actively communicating with their staff during the procedure to ensure the best patient outcome.
“Collaborations with surgeons like Tom Doers are rooted in Synaptive’s culture of pursuing integrated connections across the process of care,” said Cameron Piron, president and co-founder of Synaptive Medical. “Understanding the unique challenges facing spine surgeons fuels our product development and helps us to design integrated solutions. We’re excited to be attending NASS for the first time and looking forward to developing this key market.”
About Synaptive Medical | Synaptive Medical Inc., a Toronto-based medical device company, has a talented team of scientists, engineers and locally-based customer care specialists specifically committed to developing and supporting surgical technologies and therapies. Their BrightMatter™ Solutions provide advanced tools and information that allow surgeons to focus on patient outcomes. From advanced visualization and guidance to their first hands-free surgical scope, Synaptive Medical collaborates with surgeons, hospitals and industry partners to evolve the standard of care for surgical intervention.
Sherrie Van Oss