US hospital 1st to perform pediatric spine surgery with NuVasive device


University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland became the first hospital to perform pediatric spine surgery with NuVasive's Pulse platform, NBC affiliate WKYC affiliate WKYC reported June 2.

The device was used to perform a posterior spinal fusion on a 12-year-old girl with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, the most common form of scoliosis, which affects 2 percent to 4 percent of adolescents.

Pulse is an integrated platform designed to improve safety and efficiency in spine surgery, according to NuVasive. The technology touts a seamless workflow, allowing surgeons to use multiple technologies in a single procedure, and can help "deliver improved operational, financial and clinical outcomes," CEO Chris Barry said during an earnings call in February.

"Navigational platforms like Pulse are truly the future of surgery," Michael Glotzbecker, MD, chief of the pediatric orthopedic surgery division at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's, told WKYC. "We chose Pulse because of its impressive intraoperative imaging and navigation, combined with radiation reducing techniques that help us provide the best outcomes for the children and young adults we care for each day." 

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