UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital First in the World to use the Pulse Platform for Pediatric Spine Surgery

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

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.

Michael Glotzbecker, MDMichael Glotzbecker, MD

“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.”

Michael Glotzbecker, MD using pulse technology in peds ortho spine surgeryMichael Glotzbecker, MD during pediatric spine surgery using Pulse platform.

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.

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