Computer-Assisted Surgical Navigation

Minimally Invasive Approach

At Scott & White, the majority of operations are performed with minimally invasive techniques. Benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Better cosmetic result
  • Quicker recovery times, allowing you to:
    • Return to your daily routine sooner
    • Begin future treatment sooner
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Fewer complications


Not all patients are candidates for a minimally invasive approach. Factors affecting the decision to use minimally invasive techniques include:

  • Tumor size, stage or location
  • Patient obesity and health
  • Prior surgeries

The Division of Musculoskeletal Oncology at the Bone & Joint Institute at Scott & White employs computer-assisted surgical navigation, state-of-the-art technology where our orthopedic surgical oncologists operate while looking at high-tech CT scans of your tumor and adjacent tissues in real time.

Benefits of Computer-Assisted Surgical Navigation

Computer-assisted surgical navigation allows for:

  • More accurate pre-operative surgical planning
  • Precision-guided accuracy
  • Insertion of placeholders that provide key surgical information
  • Exact alignment of surgical instruments with your anatomy
  • Immediate information during your surgery
  • Instant adjustments, if necessary
  • A minimally invasive approach

Computer-assisted surgical navigation allows your surgeon to perform complex surgical procedures through small incisions.

At the time of surgery, we can use a CT scan and see what we’re looking at. For example, a small area in the pelvis that would normally take a very large incision to get to, with navigation we can make a small incision and direct a tool while looking at the CT scan and follow the tool, allowing for a minimally invasive approach and a more precision-guided technique.

Russell Ward, MD, Orthopedics; Co-Director, Sarcoma Services


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