New Technology Benefits Spine Surgery Patients

New Technology Benefits Spine Surgery Patients

Mar 05, 2015

Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Physicians Regional is first facility in Knoxville to Offer O-arm Imaging and StealthStation Navigation System

Dr. Paul H. Johnson, spinal surgery specialist, uses new technology that
is only available in Knoxville at the Center for Advanced Orthopedics
at Physicians Regional.

KNOXVILLE, TN (January 27, 2014) – Spinal surgery specialists at the Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Physicians Regional Medical Center are the first physicians in Knoxville to use new, state-of-the-art surgical equipment from Medtronic that lets them visualize anatomy in 3D during spinal surgery. This advancement has the potential to reduce the need for repeat surgeries, and for many patients, it also may mean smaller incisions, faster recovery times and improved results.

The Medtronic O-arm® Intra-operative Imaging System and the StealthStation® Surgical Navigation System brings together 3D imaging during surgery and a GPS-like navigation technology that allows surgeons to see the exact placement of the surgical instruments throughout the procedure.

Spinal disorders and spine surgery specialist, Dr. J. Kimbro Maguire, Jr.,
is assisted by Wilma Gaynor, RN OA, Orthopedic Assistant, during a
recent spinal procedure utilizing the O-arm imaging and StealthStation
Navigation System at the Center for Advanced Orthopedics at
Physicians Regional Medical Center.

Using these two technologies together makes it possible to deliver critical information to the surgeon and surgical team during each phase of a patient’s surgery. This improves pre-surgery treatment planning and lets surgeons operate more efficiently in the complex and delicate area of the spine, which helps to preserve healthy anatomy during surgery.

“Combining imaging and navigation in this new way allows surgeons to make better decisions by using high-definition, real-time images taken before, during and after surgery. This will improve results for our patients, which is what we strive for with every surgery,” says Paul H. Johnson, M.D., spinal disorders and spinal surgery specialist. Dr. Johnson performed the first two cases with the Medtronic system on January 14, 2014.

“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. This will help us to improve results for our patients, which is our ultimate goal,” says J. Kimbro Maguire, Jr., M.D., spinal disorders and spine surgery specialist.

“We are pleased to be the first hospital in Knoxville to provide this revolutionary scanning and navigation technology to our patients who choose to have spinal surgery the Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Physicians Regional. It represents our continual commitment to make investments in technology that improve patient safety, quality and outcomes,” says Karen Metz, CEO, Physicians Regional Medical Center.

About Paul H. Johnson, M.D.

Dr. Johnsonis board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery and specializes in spinal disorders and spinal surgery. He completed his medical education at Northwestern University (Chicago), an internship in surgery and a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a fellowship in spinal disorders at Emory University Hospital. He has been in practice with Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic since 1995.

About J. Kimbro Maguire, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Maguireis board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery and specializes in spinal disorders and spinal surgery. He has authored several articles related to spinal disorders and completed his medical education at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and internship and surgical residency at

Methodist Healthcare-Memphis. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Tennessee Memphis and a fellowship in spine surgery at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has been in practice with Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic since 1989.

About Tennova Healthcare

Located in East Tennessee, Tennova Healthcare operates six acute-care hospitals and many other healthcare facilities across the region. More than 1,000 of the area’s leading physicians are on the active staff at Tennova facilities. One of East Tennessee’s largest employers, Tennova has 5,000 associates dedicated to providing compassionate care using the latest medical technology.



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