technology 7D to correct infantile scoliosis

HOspital Quirónsalud Sagrado Corazón de Sevilla

Doctor David M. Farrington and his team have incorporated 7D technology for a surgery in a 14-year-old boy who underwent a scoliosis severa progressive.

Dicho así, fríamente y de corrido, la noticia puede parecer una más. Pero no lo es. This is the fourth intervention of this type that is realized in Spain and the first in private healthcare, concretely in the Hospital Quirónsalud Sagrado Corazón de Sevilla. Y a partir de aquí queda abierto and horizonte de possibilities extraordinarias.

Talking about technology 7D I use palabras mayores in the field of virtual reality of the last generation. To explain it easily: when we talk about 3D, we refer to a depth effect in the images that are in front of us on a screen and that we can visualize with or without glasses. The 7D technology allows you to immerse yourself in reality, experience smells, immersive sound and even sensations.

Consequently, sus applications son infinitas y resultan sugerentes en el campo de la ciencia ficción o de nuestro futuro más immediato. Pero no hay que irse tan lejos: la medicina actual, aquí en España, ya está empezando a valerse de esta tool para abordar la ciurgía de la scoliosis en un paciente infantil.

Cirugía de riesgo

Es en estos casos severos en los que interviene la ciurgia. email Dr. Farrington y su equipo desarrollan más de treinta intervenciones per año en el Servicio de Traumatología y Ortopedia Pediátrica de Quirónsalud Sagrado Corazón de Sevilla. Se trata de una surgery based on the implantation of pedicular screws in the column of the patient. Dr. Farrington himself explains that “this technique is not free from risks because any error in the orientation of the screw can have devastating consequences, because large arteries and veins are found in the external part of the vertebra that could cause injury vascular severa; y por la parte interna se encuentra la medula, que, de verse dañada, podría producir una paraplegia. Esto se traduce en que debemos ser extremamente preciso para no provocare sequelas irreversibles al paciente».

I am at this point in the technology 7D. Para la corrección surgical de la scoliosis guiada por navegación se realiza al paciente un TAC previo a la intervention. From this test, the 7D technology realizes a virtual recreation of the patient’s column where the surgeon will mark three points of reference, the exact orientation where the pedicle screws must be introduced. «El navegador actua como un GPS, guiando al rujano para la collocation precisa de los tornillos«, explica el Dr. Farrington.

In this way, the 7D system not only provides security for both the patient and the surgeon, minimizing the risks of surgery by showing the exact path that the pedicle screw must follow, but also avoids exposing the patient to ionizing radiation during the surgery, something especially important in the case of pediatric patients.

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), between 2 and 3 percent of children and adolescents are affected by scoliosis.

La Asociación Española de Pediatría has published studies that accredit the presence of this disease among adolescent girls in certain areas in figures much superior to 10 percent.

For this reason, and more than science fiction, this application of 7D technology, now in our country, solves one of the main drawbacks of traditional navigation systems, which allows surgeons to perform spine surgeries faster , efficientes, rentables y sin radiación y con ello abre un horizonte de esperanza a muchos enfermos de escoliosis, mucho más sugerente cada día.


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