If you and your physician have agreed that a surgical procedure is the next step to treating your vascular health, you have several options to consider. One of the latest innovations you may want to discuss with your physician is endovascular image-guided surgical navigation with Intra-Operative Positioning System (IOPS™) technology.
What is Image-guided Surgery?
Image-guided surgery is a procedure in which a physician uses real-time images of the surgical area during an operation. These images are generally produced by a combination of x-rays, computers, and/or other equipment.
For years, physicians have used a technique called fluoroscopy to obtain real-time images of internal structures that helps them see what’s going on during surgery. While this technique has proven to be helpful to physicians, it does present risks.
Images produced using fluoroscopy are grainy and limit a physician’s view, which can lead to increased procedural times. More importantly, since fluoroscopy uses x-ray technology, each patient is exposed to some amount of radiation. The amount of radiation absorbed by the patient depends on the size of the patient and the length and complexity of the procedure. Some patients can experience radiation-induced injuries to the skin, resulting in burns of the tissue on the skin. When dealing with any amount of radiation exposure, there is an increased risk of developing radiation-induced cancer later in life.
Physicians may also use contrast dye to increase their ability to see during fluoroscopy. The use of contrast dyes also increases the risk of adverse reactions, including contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN), a form of kidney disease caused by exposure to medical contrast materials. Patients with impaired kidney function, diabetes, high blood pressure, reduced intravascular volume, or who are elderly are at increased risk of developing CIN after exposure to contrast dyes.
IOPS is the first and only surgical navigation system for endovascular procedures that provides color-rendered three-dimensional images in multiple views to provide physicians with clearer visualization, without additional exposure to radiation during your surgery.
The Benefits of
Surgical Navigation with IOPS
IOPS represents the latest in endovascular procedures. It provides accuracy by allowing your physician to visualize your anatomy in 3D to see the movement and placement of guidewires, catheters, stents, and endografts throughout your procedure.
IOPS technology is not yet available in every hospital. For more information, talk to your doctor and ask if IOPS is right for you.