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Andrews Institute offers innovative technology for spine surgery

GULF BREEZE, Fla., June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Andrews Institute Spine Center and Baptist Hospital are now offering O-arm® technology, providing Andrews Institute neurosurgeon Brett Reichwage, M.D.,  the most advanced scanning technology available. The O-arm allows for precise placement of spinal instrumentation during surgery. Baptist Hospital is currently Pensacola's only hospital with this advanced surgical equipment.


Dr. Reichwage uses the O-arm to place spinal hardware such as pins and plates in the precise location using 3-D image guidance. While visualizing the bony anatomy he also is able to stay clear of delicate neurovascular structures, resulting in the best possible outcome and avoiding repeated surgeries.

Pensacola resident, Walter Claggett, was desperate for relief after developing complications from three previous spinal surgeries, two of which he traveled out of state to receive. Following the second surgery, a bone growth on his spine caused severe nerve damage  leaving him in chronic pain and immobile.

"The pain was excruciating and my quality of life was nearly non-existent," said Claggett. "The last thing I wanted was to have a fourth major back surgery. Fortunately, I found and trusted Dr. Brett Reichwage and his team at the Andrews Institute Spine Center. They gave me a chance to have a better life." 

Dr. Reichwage removed prior fusions and surgical hardware from Claggett's spine. He then used the O-arm to precisely replace the hardware and reintroduce the spinal fusions in the appropriate locations.

The patient has reported much needed relief and is now working hard with physical therapy. "The outcome has exceeded my hopes and expectations," said Claggett. "I have a long recovery ahead, but I am grateful for Dr. Reichwage. He has given me hope."

Dr. Brett Reichwage is a highly skilled neurosurgeon at the Andrews Institute Spine Center offering comprehensive spine services, including both minimally and maximally invasive spine surgeries. He treats patients with various conditions and injuries ranging from degenerative disease to major trauma. Dr. Reichwage treats patients at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, and at Baptist Medical Park-Nine Mile and Baptist Medical Towers in Pensacola. To learn more about Dr. Reichwage or to make an appointment, go to or call 850.916.8700.

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