William J. Sonstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., senior partner at Neurological Surgery, P.C., and chief of neurosurgery at North Shore-LIJ Hospital at Plainview (N.Y.) is among the early adopters of new technologies that may help prevent complications for spine surgery: the Medtronic Aquamantys® System and Misonix Ultrasonic Bone Aspiration System.
“These tools have been created to make spine surgery safer and more efficient,” says Dr. Sonstein. “They afford the safest conditions required for spinal surgery. I am pleased to offer these technologies to my patients.”
The Aquamantys® System utilizes Transcollation® technology that combines radiofrequency (RF) energy and saline to stop bleeding quickly by shrinking blood vessels. This helps to minimize blood loss and reduce transfusion rates during spine surgery. The Misonix Ultrasonic device effectively emulsifies or “melts” bone during laminectomy for discectomy or stenosis. This preserves soft tissue such as the spinal membrane, reducing the possibility of complications such as spinal fluid leakage.
“These systems are revolutionary in the treatment of spine surgery. These technologies allow us to do spine surgery much more safely than before. You can also perform surgery faster because you have improved ability to stop bleeding and reduce complications of working within the spinal canal,” states Dr. Sonstein.