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Backus First in Eastern Connecticut to Use New Spinal Surgery Guidance System

January 23, 2018

Last week, the Backus Hospital Operating Room became the first in eastern Connecticut to use the Globus Excelsius GPS, a  sophisticated new surgical guidance system for spine procedures. The advanced technology was introduced in New England last month at the Hospital of Central Connecticut and will be unveiled this week at Windham Hospital.

The Excelsius GPS brings an even greater level of precision to surgeons performing spine surgery and the patients they serve. The robotic-assisted navigation system used by surgeons during a procedure, in real time, is designed specifically to make surgery safer and help surgeons ensure a more precise placement of implants and hardware. The technology also facilitates minimally-invasive spine procedures, which normally involve more radiation exposure. These type of procures are often linked to less blood loss, less muscle damage, and a faster recovery.

“It’s all about providing the best possible care for the patient. The Globus Excelsius robot has revolutionary technology that allows us to place spinal implants with the greatest degree of accuracy during surgery,” said Daniel George, MD, who performed the first procedure on the Excelsius GPS at Windham. “It is exciting to know that we have this unbelievable resource available at Windham Hospital to assist us in providing the highest level of care for our patients when they need spinal surgery.”

The introduction of the technology is the latest step taken in Hartford HealthCare’s East Region, which includes Backus and Windham, to ensure that patients can receive advanced specialty care closer to home.

“We are committed to providing the highest quality of care for our patients, and believe that technology is a true partner in care. It helps our talented experts improve outcomes, enhance quality and deliver an exceptional experience for our patients,” says Donna Handley, president of the East Region.

To learn more about Globus Excelsius GPS and spine care at Hartford HealthCare, click here