Maury Regional first in state to implement new surgical technology


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Beginning in February, Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) became the first hospital in Tennessee to offer new state-of-the-art surgical technology for spinal and cranial procedures with the implementation of the 7D Surgical FlashTM Navigation System, which serves as a fast, accurate and radiation-free surgical tool.

“At Maury Regional, we are committed to continuously making technological strides to deliver optimal outcomes and experiences for our patients,” said Maury Regional Health CEO Alan Watson. “This investment further highlights that commitment to providing our community with outstanding health care.”

The 7D Surgical FlashTM Navigation System utilizes Machine-Vision Image Guided Surgery (MvIGS) technology to help spinal and cranial surgeons guide their tools to the critical anatomy. The new navigation system features sophisticated camera technology linked to a computer in the operating theater that serves as a “GPS for the brain and spine,” improving precision and reducing postoperative revisions. Unlike conventional image-guided surgery systems that rely on intraoperative radiation, this new MvIGS technology can achieve an incredibly fast workflow for procedures, reducing operative time for patients and eliminating unnecessary radiation exposure.

Surgeons on the medical staff at MRMC who will utilize the 7D Surgical FlashTM Navigation System include Mark A. Cobb, M.D., M.S., a board-certified specialist in neurological surgery, and Erion Qamirani, M.D., Ph.D., a board-certified specialist in orthopedic surgery who performs spinal surgeries.

Dr. Cobb will implement the technology for both spinal and cranial procedures, including brain tumor excisions and fusions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Dr. Qamirani will use the 7D system to perform posterior cervical, thoracic and lumbar fusions.

“The 7D is a state-of-the-art technology which will support our continued effort to advance the quality and safety of complex surgical procedures at Maury Regional,” Dr. Cobb said.

“I am pleased to offer my patients the very latest in spine surgery,” Dr. Qamirani added. “This technology will further enhance our surgical procedures while continuing to prioritize patient safety and outcomes.”

MRMC is the first hospital in Tennessee to add the new technology from 7D Surgical to its roster of cutting-edge surgical tools, which also includes the Mako robotic system and the da Vinci XI Surgical System.

Maury Regional Medical Center offers 16 surgical suites, on-site pathology capabilities, an endovascular lab and a digital imaging system that enables physicians to view diagnostic images, such as MRIs, during surgical procedures. In addition to surgical services available at MRMC, Maury Regional Health offers outpatient surgical locations in Columbia, Lewisburg, Spring Hill and Waynesboro.

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