7D spine surgeryNew 7D Surgical Technology Reduces Radiation and Enhances Patient Safety in Spinal Procedures

Newport News, VA (Nov 13, 2018) – Dr. Zachary Tan, fellowship trained orthopaedic spine surgeon with Hampton Roads Orthopaedics Spine & Sports Medicine, was the first in Virginia to complete a cervical fusion using the 7D Surgical System. This system virtually replaces standard fluoroscopy, providing the surgical team with a fast, accurate and radiation-free tool for the placement of spinal implants.  

“As a spine surgeon, the 7D technology provides me with more information when placing hardware in the spine, because I can see the anatomy in 3D,” said Dr. Zachary Tan. “With this new technology, we are able to improve surgical outcomes and patient safety for those undergoing spinal procedures such as posterior, lumbar, and cervical fusions.”  

The 7D Surgical System is the first and only Machine-Vision Image Guided Surgery (MvIGS) platform. For the first-time spine surgeons can guide their tools to the critical anatomy using sophisticated camera technology linked to a computer in the operating theater.  The underlying technology is similar to what is used in the latest self-driving automobiles. Unlike time-consuming conventional image guided surgery (IGS) systems that depend on intraoperative radiation, this new MvIGS platform can achieve an incredibly fast surgical workflow for spine procedures, reducing operative time for patients.  

“I am proud to be able to offer my patients the very latest technology in spine surgery while eliminating the unnecessary radiation still used in many hospitals” said Dr. Zachary Tan.

About Hampton Roads Orthopaedics Spine & Sports Medicine

Hampton Roads Orthopaedics Spine & Sports Medicine (HROSM) has been providing quality orthopaedic care for more than 50 years to area residents in Hampton Roads. Originally founded by Dr. Wieman Kretz, the first orthopaedic surgeon in the area, HROSM continues to evolve to meet the demands of the ever-changing orthopaedic healthcare industry. HROSM has a team of 15 physicians in 3 convenient locations offering specialties that include: spine care, joint replacement, sports medicine, podiatry, interventional pain management, chiropractic care, and stem cell therapy. Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has onsite Physical Therapy, Workers’ Compensation Department, Urgent Care, and has the areas only open, multi-positional MRI.   For more information about our philosophy of healthcare, team of physicians and locations, please go to www.hrosm.com or call 757-873-1554.  

About Dr. Zachary Tan

Dr. Zachary Tan is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and fellowship trained in spine surgery. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree and his medical degree with special training in research from the University of Alberta. After completing his surgical residency training at the University of Toronto, he remained for an additional one-year fellowship in spine surgery focusing on the management of spine trauma, oncology, deformity, and degenerative diseases. Dr. Tan specializes in minimally invasive muscle sparing spinal surgery and total joint replacement surgery. His fellowship training in spine surgery provides him expertise in the medical and surgical treatment of spine conditions, including:

  • Lumbar disc herniations
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Cervical disc herniations
  • Cervical stenosis, myelopathy
  • Spinal instability/trauma
  • Spinal deformity, adult
  • Spinal infection
  • Spinal tumors
  • Revision spinal operations

About 7D Surgical

7D Surgical is a privately-owned Toronto based company that develops advanced optical technologies and machine vision-based registration algorithms to improve surgical workflow and patient care. 7D Surgical’s flagship FDA 510(k)-cleared and Health Canada approved MvIGS system delivers profound improvement to surgical workflows in spine and cranial surgery.  The underlying technology provides the promise of similar future advancements for other surgical specialties. www.7Dsurgical.com