When a patient is diagnosed with a tumor, infection, or a degenerative condition in the brain or spine, a neurosurgeon is recommended for surgery to remove the condition.

Traditional brain and spine surgery would keep a patient in the hospital for up to 3 days after surgery, with a recovery ranging anywhere from 6 weeks to 4 months, but for patients who received minimally invasive spine surgeries, they can expect to return back to their daily activities around 4 to 6 weeks, with a shorter, if any, hospital stay.

“Without navigation, we’re looking at an image and then we’re doing navigation. With navigation, we’ll take that image, superimpose it under our microscope so that we have that image, so we know why we’re doing the surgery, how much tissue to remove, how far do we go up or how far do we go down, so we ensure we get the tissue or abnormality out that we’re going after,” said neurosurgeon Dr. Mark Duncan.

MMG Neurosurgeons can perform surgery on the brain and spine through the use of augmented reality and computer navigation, making it easier for surgeons to remove deficiencies in the body.

“We’ve been using navigation at Comanche County Memorial Hospital since 2001. The different variations have aged and become obsolete or need improvement that have occurred, we’ve made transitions from one company to the next and this is the latest and the best in our opinion, and it’s with brain lab. We’re able to do cranial and spine navigation, and we’re able to decrease the radiation patients would get during surgery,” explained Dr. Duncan.

Benefits of this surgery include better cosmetic results from smaller incisions, less blood loss from surgery, reduced infection and post-op pain, diminished need for pain meds after surgery, and a faster recovery time.

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