MicroNav Surgery


micronavImagine a GPS for your spine – that’s the MicroNav Surgical Technique. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and technology, combined with an exceptionally trained surgeon, to produce the most accurate surgical technique available.

What is Microscopic Image Guided Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Besides being a long description, it’s simply the safest, most precise surgical technique for spine surgery today in the safest manner possible. And very few doctors have the training and equipment to provide you this level of patient care.

Dr. Scott Hodges utilizes three primary components to deliver the MicroNav Surgical Technique:

  • Minimially Invasive Surgery
  • Surgical Microscope System
  • Multi-dimensional Surgical Imaging and Navigation Platform

minimally invasive surgeryMinimally Invasive Surgery – Dr. Hodges makes tiny incisions and a series of surgical tubes that gradually increase in diameter to open a pathway to your spine. The final tube has an opening roughly the size of a quarter and gives access to the spinal defect. Specialized surgical instruments are used to reach into the tube and perform the surgery.

You can see Dr. Hodges and his team preparing instrumentation for a surgery in the image at left. The tubes slide over each other, gradually spreading the muscle fibers apart rather than conventional method of slicing through them. Also notice the special probes used with the tubes. These probes have GPS-like transmitters on them that give Dr. Hodges extreme accuracy.

surgical microscope systemSurgical Microscope System – Special surgical microscopes are used to give an extremely closeup view of surgical area. This allows Dr. Hodges to work within a very small opening and, using specialized instruments, deliver maximum results.

The reason for use of microscopes in spinal surgery is simple: The more you can see, the better you are able to treat. These microscopes give Dr. Hodges a perfect visualization field that gives a high degree of patient safety and control. This combination of surgical microscopes and minimally invasive techniques are used by many spine surgeons today, but Dr. Hodges adds the missing ingredient…

spinal navigation systemMulti-dimensional Surgical Imaging and Navigation Platform – The addition of the multi-dimensional imaging and navigation platform gives Dr. Hodges a computer-assisted three-dimensional view of the patient’s spine with realtime visualization of surgical instruments.

In conventional surgery you only see what you expose, without being able to see spinal structures around and under the opening. This platform allows Dr. Hodges to see live visualizations that give him remarkably precise positioning of his surgical tools and instrumentation.

The level of patient care and successful fusions rises to unprecedented levels; there is no better way to perform spine surgery.