June 18, 2018: Mizuho OSI®, a leading manufacturer of specialty surgical tables, pressure management solutions, and table-specific patient care kits, announced today that TriStar Centennial Medical Center, based in Nashville, was the first healthcare system to incorporate the Levó Head Positioning System into their operating room in order to provide better control and safety of a patient’s head position while performing spinal surgery. Unlike manual head positioning equipment, this innovation allows a surgeon to be more efficient during a procedure and reduces the time a patient spends in the OR.
TriStar Centennial strives to support its world-class surgeons through innovation that makes performing spine surgery easier. Traditional head positioning equipment uses multiple pins and supports to keep a patient’s head and neck in a stabilized position. When a patient requires repositioning during a procedure, the process of readjusting typically involves using cumbersome mechanisms, often requiring the surgeon and an additional person to maneuver the head and spine at the same time. Without the ability to fully control a patient’s spine and head, the patient is at a higher risk for injury. The Levó minimizes the complications of head positioning by providing surgeons with a new, streamlined level of control during spine procedures using innovative technology.
“By incorporating the Levó into their operating room, TriStar Centennial can improve patient care through less time spent in surgery,” said Dr. Brett Babat, orthopedic spine surgeon at Nashville Neurosurgery Associates and TriStar Centennial Medical Center. “During spine procedures, having precise control of a patient’s head and neck is absolutely critical, which isn’t always possible with traditional head positioning equipment. With the Levó, surgeons no longer have to rely on another team member to help with repositioning – by restricting motion to one movement plane, minuscule yet critical adjustments are easily achieved.”
Designed to provide fluid, yet controlled motion, the Levó’s functionality supports an improved surgical workflow and enhanced access during a procedure. This is achieved through key modules that support the efficient attachment of a skull clamp and control handles, which allow for intraoperative adjustments. Various interchangeable modules support the use of a skull clamp or face pillow, promoting a versatile platform that delivers optimal use within each practice.
“We’ve enjoyed working with TriStar Centennial as the first spinal surgeries are performed using our state-of-the-art Levó Head Positioning System. The Levó is designed to meet the needs of a surgical team through hand-controlled technology that allows the surgeon to fully control a patient’s head and neck,” said Greg Neukrich, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Mizuho OSI. “We’re proud to offer the Levó as part of our suite of operating room technologies that are designed to provide better patient care and improve surgical team workflow.”