Khan Becomes First Surgeon in Ohio to Use Augmented Reality in Spine Surgery

Posted: October 29, 2021

As first reported by Spectrum News, a spine surgeon who is the SRI's Orthopaedic Surgery Clinical Director is the first in the state to pilot new surgical technology.

Augmented Reality

Dr. Safdar Khan, a physician at OSU's Wexner Medical Center, has trialed the Augmedics xvision augmented reality spine system on 20 patients.  xvision uses a headset to enable surgeons to see a 3D model of the patient's spine while that patient is on the operating table.

During the trial, I could tell this was a complete game changer in terms of the way we’re going to take care of patients in the future, said Khan.  He added, This is such an incredible technology to harness because precision improves, operating room time decreases, the patient is off the table, less anesthesia.

Jennifer Minnear is one of the first patients Ohio State approved to use the technology on.  She has had five different surgeries before the one with augmented reality.  This has by far been the quickest recovery that I’ve had, she said. It’s been the least painful.

Khan believes the technology will become standard in operating rooms across the country in the next three to five years. 

Click here to watch news segment highlighting this exciting new technology.