Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group’s Dr. Roger Sung, MD is the first in Colorado to pilot the
innovative xvision Augmented Reality Spine System

Augmented reality headset gives surgeons “x-ray vision” during procedures for accurate and
personalized implant placement while keeping their eyes on their patients

Colorado Springs, CO, December 2020 – Dr. Roger Sung, MD and his Physician Assistant Kelsey Chrane with Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group are now offering spine surgery with the Augmedics xvision Spine System, a groundbreaking augmented reality (AR) guidance system that allows surgeons to “see through” a patient’s anatomy as if they have “x-ray vision.” The xvision Spine System is the first AR guidance system to be used in surgery and is currently approved for use in open and minimally invasive spine implant procedures.

Similar to a real-time GPS, this “see-through” surgery lets surgeons know exactly where to place implants in a patient’s unique anatomy, and is bringing a new standard of personalization and care to the operating room. The xvision Spine System is different from other image guidance systems, as it allows surgeons to maintain their focus directly on the patient, rather than on a distant screen displaying the patient’s anatomy.

“Augmented reality is a way to look at a patient’s anatomy in three dimensions “live” in the operating room through a headset. It’s like having x-ray vision as it allows us to peek inside. We can take complicated complex spine anatomy and simplify it to allow for better precision and accuracy in surgery. This lets us work through smaller incisions with less trauma to the tissues. Patients can have a quicker recovery and better long term outcome.” – Dr. Roger Sung, MD First Physician in Colorado to use and offer xvision Augmented Reality.

The xvision Spine System consists of a transparent near-eye-display headset and all elements of a traditional navigation system. It accurately determines the position of surgical tools, in real-time, and superimposes them on the patient's CT data. The navigation data is then projected onto the surgeon’s retina using the headset, allowing him or her to simultaneously look at both the patient and the navigation data. The xvision Spine System is designed to revolutionize how surgery is done by giving the surgeon better control and visualization, which may lead to easier, faster and safer surgeries.

“Moving here to Colorado Springs, I never dreamed that I would have the opportunity to use Augmented reality and the technology that’s brand new in surgery; that I would be the first woman and the first physician assistant in the world to be able to use this technology, and that we would be the first facility in Colorado to use this technology. Having the opportunity to be involved with a technology that is so new and cutting edge has been incredibly rewarding and also has been really gratifying to know that even here in Colorado Springs I am still able to be involved in the most cutting edge technology and medicine that is available.”- Kelsey Chrane, PA-C First Woman and First Physician Assistant in U.S to use and offer xvision Augmented Reality.

About Dr. Roger Sung, MD
Dr. Sung is a fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in cervical and lumbar surgery, microsurgery, and minimally invasive surgery. He also performs complex spine reconstruction via minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Sung also offers spine surgery with local or spinal anesthesia as an alternative to general anesthesia. These options allow many patients to have complex surgeries in an outpatient setting. Dr. Sung’s expertise with minimally invasive techniques allows for quicker recovery and quicker return to lifestyle.
For more information on Dr. Sung, visit https://www.csog.net/our providers/roger-d-sung-md/

About Kelsey Chrane, PA-C
Kelsey is a Physician Assistant specializing in Orthopaedic surgery and spine surgery. She works with Dr.Sung in The Spine Center. Prior to joining the CSOG team, she worked in a multi-disciplinary Orthopaedic practice at a Level I trauma center in Houston, Texas. She primarily worked in Orthopaedic trauma surgery as well as spine, sports, hand, and pediatric care.
For more information on Kelsey, visithttps://www.csog.net/our-providers/roger-d-sung-md/

About Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group
Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group is the largest independent orthopedic practice in Southern Colorado and has been providing care to the Colorado Springs community and Pikes Peak region since 1994. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people we serve. We do this by making
orthopedic care as efficient as possible, offering a broad scope of services all in one practice - X-Rays, MRI, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Outpatient Surgery Center, Orthotics and Prosthetics. No matter your need, our 15 Fellowship Trained Board Certified physicians, subspecializing in all aspects of orthopedics - ranging from Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Hand and Upper Extremity, Spine, and Joint Replacement - have your entire Road to Recovery journey, under one roof.
For more information, visit www.csog.net

About Augmedics
With Augmedics, the future of surgery is within sight. The Chicago-based company aims to improve healthcare by augmenting surgery with cutting edge technologies that solve unmet clinical needs and instill technological confidence in the surgical workflow. Its pioneering xvision system, the first augmented reality guidance system for surgery, allows surgeons to “see” the patient’s anatomy through skin and tissue as if they have “x-ray vision,” and to accurately navigate instruments and implants during spine procedures. Augmedics is backed by Terra Venture Partners and AO Invest, a venture arm of the AO Foundation. The AO is a medically guided, not-for-profit organization, a global network of surgeons,
and the world's leading education, innovation, and research organization for the surgical treatment of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.
For more information, visitwww.augmedics.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Chelsey Valerio
Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group
cvalerio@csog.net
719-867-7329