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Children's of Alabama Leads Region in Enhanced Pediatric Spine Surgery

BIRMINGHAM (Sept. 10, 2013) Patients treated at Children’s of Alabama for scoliosis surgery, now have access to the Medtronic O-arm® Intra-operative Imaging System and the StealthStation® Surgical Navigation System.

The advanced imaging and navigation system enables surgeons to pre-operatively plan treatment and operate in the complex and delicate area of the spine.

Children’s of Alabama is currently the only pediatric surgical center in the state that is utilizing the system.

The key to these two technologies is the ability to deliver critical information to the surgeon and surgical team throughout a patient’s surgery. The technology potentially allows surgeons to operate with more accuracy and precision while reducing the amount of radiation exposure to the patient and the medical staff.

“Intra-operative imaging and surgical navigation are vital tools for the surgical team striving for optimal patient outcomes,” says Joseph Khoury, M.D., a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Children’s of Alabama. “The technology gives surgeons the ability to visualize and track in real-time the position of their surgical instruments and thus avoid critical structures such as the spinal cord.”

For spinal surgery patients, the O-arm® Intra-operative Imaging System generates high-quality, intra-operative images of a patient's anatomy, and provides surgeons with a large field-of-view in both two and three dimensions. Children’s spine surgeons are using these integrated technologies for treatment planning and surgery for scoliosis.

The O-arm® Intra-operative Imaging System and the Stealth Station® Surgical Navigation System are manufactured and distributed by Medtronic Inc. (NYSE: MDT). Please consult your physician. A prescription is required. For further information, please contact Medtronic at (877) 242-9504 and/or consult Medtronic’s website at

The Division of Orthopedic Surgery at Children's of Alabama is a leading center of excellence for the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions of childhood.  It is a statewide and regional referral center for congenital, developmental and traumatic disorders for children from birth through adolescence.  Orthopedic physicians at Children’s evaluate and treat conditions ranging from the simple to the complex including:

  • Scoliosis and spinal deformity
  • Hip disorders of childhood
  • Clubfeet and other foot anomalies
  • Congenital and traumatic limb deficiencies
  • Limb lengthening
  • Blount's disease and angular limb abnormalities
  • Upper extremity and hand disorders
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Growth plate injuries
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Brachial plexus palsies
  • Dwarfism

About Children’s of Alabama:

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. For the past four years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Last year, patients made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional outpatient services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. In 2012, Children’s moved much of its inpatient services into a new building named The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. More information is available at

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