n a historic feat, a team of doctors at Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center has accomplished an unprecedented fusion of cutting-edge technology in a complex spinal operation. Dr. Cezar J. Mizrahi, a highly skilled spine neurosurgeon, led this pioneering effort by leveraging innovative augmented reality (AR) and robotic advancements to address a challenging case.

The patient, a 25-year-old individual who had suffered a severe spinal injury in a workplace incident, presented a critical case. An unstable spinal fracture jeopardised both the patient's mobility and neurological well-being. Dr. Mizrahi, an expert from the hospital's Spine Surgery Unit within the Department of Neurosurgery, embarked on a novel path to tackle this issue.

Employing an unprecedented technique, the surgical team harnessed the power of an AR-assisted surgical spine robot. This cutting-edge approach facilitated real-time guidance for the precise placement of surgical screws along the spinal column. This groundbreaking procedure, never before attempted on a global scale, enhanced surgical accuracy while minimising invasiveness.

Unlike virtual reality (VR), which immerses users in entirely virtual environments, AR enriches the real world by overlaying digital elements onto it. Using specialized devices like smartphones, tablets, and smart glasses, AR blends digital information with the user's real-world view.

For Dr. Mizrahi, this involved donning a unique headset, comparable to the equipment of an advanced combat pilot. Through the AR headset, crucial patient data, including CT images, was seamlessly displayed within the surgeon's field of vision. This real-time information empowered Dr. Mizrahi to strategize and execute the surgical plan with unparalleled precision, adapting as needed throughout the procedure.

Dr. Mizrahi expressed his elation, stating, "Combining AR and robotics in this minimally invasive technique is an unprecedented achievement in the world of surgery. We are thrilled that this convergence of innovations directly benefited our patient, further enhancing healthcare for the people of Jerusalem and beyond."

In a remarkable turn of events, the patient was able to walk unaided immediately after the surgery and is expected to be discharged in the near future. Expressing gratitude, the patient shared, "Dr. Mizrahi's treatment has been life-changing. Before the surgery, we were filled with uncertainty, but the procedure was swift and successful. I've recovered faster than expected and can walk again. Dr. Mizrahi continues to provide attentive care, and I'm truly thankful from the bottom of my heart."

Aug 23, 2023
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