If you are contemplating something as important as spine surgery, most likely you are finding out as much as you can about orthopedic surgical professionals and orthopaedic surgery. This is important, as the orthopaedic surgeon is just a person, too. They may not even be aware of the new, groundbreaking technology to which you are about to be introduced.
Suppose construction workers had to make repairs to a building by just looking at a drawing. Sounds crazy, right? That is basically what the spinal surgeon has been limited to with previous technology. Now, think of how exact a spine surgery can be if the orthopedist had the benefit of being able to hold the patient’s spine in their hand, move it in all directions, and view it from all angles. There is simply no reason for your orthopedic surgeon to attempt back surgery without it. The 3D models, called Anatomically Correct Reference Models (ACRMs) are truly that revolutionary, and the technology is tested and proven, however very few surgeons know of this great medical device.
ACRMs (Anatomically Correct Reference Models) are revolutionary 3-D anatomically correct models which can greatly help in spinal surgery and skull surgeries. These models allow the surgeon to actually pre plan the spine surgery before it happens, along with many other advantages:
The new 3-D models can: – Rotate anatomical features just as if the surgical professional were moving the patient’s body – Zoom in on bone features for greater accuracy – Provide exact measurements of length, width, and height inside the body which were simply not possible before (the 3D models are accurate to 1/35th of a millimeter) – Reduce total surgical operating time, and thus cost
With such a technology, surgery is made much more mathematically precise , to the point where the surgeon can, before even entering the operating room, pre plan the size and type of surgical instruments and implants she will need for the operation, calculate the exact angle that these instruments will need to enter and function within the body, and identify any unseen issues that could result in surgical issues.
In summary, you are safer when your surgical professional uses a 3D model in the pre-surgical planning stage. If one must undergo the knife, they owe it to themselves to learn about (and then introduce to their physician) the industry changing 3-D models that can be created from their spine (or other part of their anatomy. These ACRMs make surgery safer and more cost effective and will soon be considered as part of the standard of orthopaedic care.
ACRM Corp is pioneering the development and sales of patient specific, Anatomically Correct, 3-D Reference Models, from CT and MRI scans to assist with skull or spine surgeries. Visit their website (www.ACRMcorp.com) for more information about how these 3-D models can help your orthopaedic surgeon in their pre-surgical planning.
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