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DEBARY, Fla., June 21, 2019 – More than 60 community members attended AdventHealth Fish Memorial’s free community luncheon on June 12 at the DeBary Golf and Country Club.
Led by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephane Lavoie, guests learned about minimally invasive treatment options for neck and back pain, as well as the benefits of AdventHealth Fish Memorial’s new TrackX technology.
An advanced image-guidance system, AdventHealth Fish Memorial the first in Florida to offer patients the TrackX technology for spine procedures. This technology has the most advanced surgical navigation available, making spine surgery faster and more accurate.
“Minimally invasive surgery provides a wealth of benefits but relies on many x-rays throughout a procedure to see the underlying anatomy,” Lavoie said. “With every x-ray taken, the radiation exposure increases for the patient and all of the staff in the operating room. Extended radiation exposure is potentially harmful.”
Studies show that being exposed to just three minutes of radiation increases a person’s lifetime risk of cancer by more than 1%. With this concern in mind, every major medical society has committed to limit the amount of radiation that people are exposed to during x-ray-guided medical procedures.
TrackX is an instrument tracking software that allows surgeons like Lavoie to take minimal x-rays while accurately “visualizing” the anatomy in real-time during a surgery.
“A clinical study demonstrated the vast difference TrackX can make,” Lavoie said. “Comparing TrackX to conventional minimally invasive procedures showed that TrackX procedures took nearly 75% less x-rays and had 90% less radiation overall. In addition, the amount of time in the operating time was more than 30% shorter with TrackX. Performing spine procedures with less radiation and in a shorter amount of time can truly have a great impact on improving patient care.”
About AdventHealth Fish Memorial
AdventHealth Fish Memorial in Orange City has 175-beds and is one of the six hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the AdventHealth Central Florida Division - North Region. Formerly known as Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, the organization’s parent company changed the name of all wholly-owned entities to AdventHealth on Jan. 2, 2019. Based in Altamonte Springs, AdventHealth is a connected system of care. With more than 80,000 team members, AdventHealth is one of the nation’s largest faith-based health care systems with nearly 50 hospitals and hundreds of care sites in nearly a dozen states. With the mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, AdventHealth Fish Memorial provides whole person care to heal the body, mind and spirit. For more information about AdventHealth Fish Memorial, visit http://AdventHealthFishMemorial.com.
During AdventHealth Fish Memorial’s free community luncheon on June 12 at the DeBary Golf and Country Club, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephane Lavoie performed a hands-on demonstration of a spinal procedure.