First complex spine image guidance surgery performed at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

16 July 2013
Our first highly complex minimally invasive spinal procedure using the Stealth Station S7 was performed by Neurosurgeons Mr Richard Mannion and Mr Rikin Trivedi at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital today.

The patient having this innovative procedure was a 32 year old male suffering from severe back and leg pain.

The Stealth Station S7 navigational equipment enabled Mr Richard Mannion and Mr Rikin Trivedi to be able perform our first ‘Imaged Guided Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion’ by inserting screws, rods and a cage into the exact location in the spine through a tiny incision.

“The image guided stealth system is like a satnav for the spine” Mr Richard Mannion.

Normally this type of procedure requires regular x-ray use throughout the case while screws are inserted minimally invasively. This exposes surgeons, patients and the surgical team to radiation, so the Stealth Station S7 equipment reduces this risk while also providing the surgeons with much greater imaging details during the case, helping to improve the accuracy of surgery.

“It is potentially extremely dangerous when implanting screws and rods in the spine, due to the proximity of important nerve roots controlling leg, bladder and sexual function. The new image guidance system allows maximum accuracy during surgery without the need for constant radiation exposure, adding to the advantages of minimally invasive spinal surgery when compared to traditional open methods” Mr Rikin Trivedi

Further benefits of minimally invasive image guidance fusion surgery:
- Quicker recovery (patients will mobilise on the day surgery and most are home within 24 hours)
- Minimal blood loss
- Reduced requirement for strong post-operative pain killers
- Improved accuracy of screw and cage placement

The state-of-the-art neurosurgical equipment will be able to help reduce surgical times for spinal surgery cases at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital and enable surgeons to carry out key hole surgery on complex spinal cases.

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital is the only private hospital outside of London to have invested in this equipment. For further information or to find out more simply call us on 01223 266929 to request a guide price or to discuss your personal situation.

About Mr Richard Mannion

Richard Mannion is a consultant neurosurgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. His main interests are spinal problems and brain tumours, including tumours of the skull base and pituitary gland. He works on all aspects of spinal disease including infection, tumours, trauma and degenerative / wear and tear conditions. In particular, he is interested in back pain and the role of minimally invasive spinal surgery in treating people with spinal problems, having witnessed the advantages of keyhole techniques for his own patients. Richard completed a fellowship in Brisbane, Australia where he became skilled in all aspects minimally invasive spinal techniques and along with Mr. Trivedi, has built up a large minimally invasive spinal practice here in Cambridge.

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About Mr Rikin Trivedi


Mr Trivedi has a busy clinical practice in general neurosurgery, undertaking between 300-400 cases per year. He has specialist interests in spinal, cerebrovascular and skull base surgery having received sub-speciality fellowship training in these areas in the USA. Whilst on fellowship, he gained proficiency in minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery techniques and performed the first keyhole lumbar discectomy in the region, shortly after his return. Mr Trivedi's spinal practice includes treatment of spinal trauma, infection and tumours, and all aspects of degenerative spinal disease including disc prolapse and spinal stenosis. 80% of spinal practice is now performed using minimally invasive (keyhole) techniques including day case lumbar discectomy and decompressions.

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