UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital first in the world to use Pulse platform for pediatric spine surgery

Thursday, June 02, 2022

Advanced technology designed to make spine surgery safer, faster, and smarter

CLEVELAND, Ohio –University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow) is the first in the world to utilize the Pulse platform to perform pediatric spine surgery. Using this advanced technology, Michael Glotzbecker, MD, Division Chief, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at UH Rainbow, completed a posterior spinal fusion on a 12-year-old girl with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

“We are thrilled to offer this remarkable new technology to our patients, as navigational platforms like Pulse are truly the future of surgery,” says Dr. Glotzbecker, who is also the George H. Thompson Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedics and an Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
The Pulse platform is designed to increase safety, efficiency, and procedural reproducibility of surgical outcomes in spine surgery. In a single platform, it integrates radiation reduction, imaging enhancement, rod bending, navigation, intraoperative neuromonitoring, and spinal alignment tools. It is currently the only enabling technology with the ability for utilization in 100% of spine procedures and throughout the entire operating room (OR) workflow. With multiple modalities easily accessible in one platform, Pulse helps surgeons address some of the most common clinical challenges in spine surgery, such as radiation exposure, nerve and spinal cord injury, and time spent in the OR. 
“As surgeons patient safety is our priority, and we are constantly looking to the latest, cutting-edge technology to enhance all areas of patient safety in the OR,” says Dr. Glotzbecker. “We chose Pulse because of its impressive intraoperative imaging and navigation, combined with radiation reducing techniques that helps us provide the best outcomes for the children and young adults we care for each day.”
The availability and interconnectivity of multiple spine technologies in the Pulse platform enhances a surgeon’s capabilities and enables the adoption of less invasive and more advanced surgical procedures. Adoption of less invasive surgery may lead to:
  • Reduced OR time by up to 60 minutes
  • Savings of nearly $5,000 per patient in hospital costs
  • Reduced time under anesthesia and lower intraoperative risks
  • Reduced length of stay in the hospital
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UH and UH Rainbow continue to invest in new technologies to provide safe and high quality care to treat patients. With the Pulse platform, UH and UH Rainbow and its surgeons are able to provide better spine care to Northeast Ohio and beyond.
The Pulse platform is developed by NuVasive, the largest spine-focused technology company in the world. Visit nuvasive.com to learn more about the Pulse platform and company. For important product information, including indications for use, contraindications, warnings, cautions, precautions, and potential adverse events please visit nuvasive.com/eIFU.
About University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Internationally renowned, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is a full-service children’s hospital and pediatric academic medical center with experts in 16 medical divisions and 11 surgical specialties who offer nationally ranked care not available at other institutions in the region, including a center dedicated to adolescent and young adult cancer treatment and Northeast Ohio’s only single-site provider of advanced maternal fetal medicine and neonatology services. As an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the region, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital offers access to novel therapies, advanced technologies and clinical discoveries long before they are available nationwide. Rainbow pediatric specialists – all of whom also serve on the faculty at the School of Medicine – are engaged in today’s most advanced clinical research and are widely regarded as the best in the nation – and in some specialties, the best in the world. Learn more at UHRainbow.org.

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