The research focus is mainly on new minimally invasive technologies and their impact on clinical and radiological outcome after spinal surgery.
The Spinal Unit in the Regional Hospital of Lugano was the first in Switzerland to introduce a mobile CT during elective spinal surgeries, in combination with navigation techniques. The impact of this technology is currently tested in different studies, including degenerative or traumatic conditions. This results in further patient safety and reduction in operation time.
Minimally invasive techniques such as percutaneous screws or mini-open approach are used in combination with augmentation procedures, including intravertebral stenting and cementation. Clinical and radiological results of these hybrid procedures, performed in a special OR suite, are analyzed in collaboration with the Neuroradiology Department, mainly in patients affected by spinal neoplasms.
A special research field is also developed in collaboration with the Pain Management Center, and is devoted to identify certain psychological risk factors, such as catastrophising, anxiety or depression, that could potentially influence clinical outcome and patient satisfaction after spinal surgery. A prospective study has been initiated.
Group Leader: Pietro Scarone, MD
In collaboration with:
- Pain Management Center EOC, Neurocentro della Svizzera Italiana: Dr. med. Paolo Maino, Dr.ssa med. E. Koetsier, Anesthesiologists and Pain Physicians
- Clinical Psychological Science Department, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Section of Behavioural Medicine, Maastricht University: Prof. Madelon Peters
- Interventional Neuroradiology Department, Neurocentro della Svizzera Italiana: PD Dr. med. Alessandro Cianfoni.