Computer-assisted surgery for dynamic hip screw, using surgix©, a novel intraoperative guiding system

Amir Herman, Assaf Dekel, Itamar B. Botser, Ely L. Steinberg

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Background: We present Surgix©, a new computer-assisted surgery system (CASS). This system uses image analysis technology in order to measure three-dimensional (3D) distances, visualize implant templates and view the guided trajectory on standard fluoroscopy. Our purpose was to compare surgery results and technique with and without the Surgix CASS. Methods: The study included 61 dynamic hip screw (DHS) procedures. The Surgix system was used in 41 procedures. We compared the number of guide wire insertion trials and the time needed for each trial, the number of X-ray pulses, tip-apex index, nine-quadrant position and shaft-neck angle. Results: The procedures were carried out by experienced users (≥ five operations, using the system) and had a first-trial guide wire insertion success rate of 77.8%, compared to a rate of 10% for the control group (p = 0.001) and fewer insertion trials (1.33 vs. 3.05, respectively; p = 0.001). The mean number of fluoroscopy pulses was 41.5% lower for the experienced group than for the control (17.6 vs. 30.1; p = 0.009). There were no significant differences in tip-apex distance, favourable quadrant screw placement or neck-shaft angle. Conclusion: The results of this study demonstrate that the Surgix CASS significantly improves the accuracy of hardware positioning and reduces radiation exposure time, thus enhancing patient outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-50
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer-assisted surgery
  • Dynamic hip screw
  • Guide wire insertion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biophysics
  • Computer Science Applications


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