News 4 New York features Mount Sinai patient’s treatment with Modus V

Dr. Costas Hadjipanayis performs hospital’s first awake craniotomy with Modus V™

Surgical advances made possible by Synaptive’s Modus V™ and BrightMatter™ were featured Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in a News 4 New York story profiling a local man’s brain surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital. The surgery was the first awake craniotomy performed using Modus V™ at the hospital.

Reporter Michael George’s feature story details how Colin Alevras, a Brooklyn winemaker and father of two, found himself unable to speak during a conversation with his wife. Alevras then learned that he had a brain tumor.

Dr. Costas Hadjipanayis told Alevras that his tumor was located near the language center of his brain and had to be immediately removed. To ensure that Alevras was not left with linguistic deficits, Hadjipanayis performed part of the operation while he was awake and talking, allowing them to monitor whether his speech was affected during the surgery.

By planning the surgical approach with BrightMatter™ Plan and bringing that customized data into the operation room with BrightMatter™ Guide and Modus V™, Dr. Hadjipanaysis was able to locate and see the tumor during the surgery.

“It’s made a huge difference,” said Dr. Hadjipanaysis. “We can visualize the tumor better with the robotic-assisted digital microscope and, hopefully, perform safer surgery.”

Alevras is recovering from the surgery, which successfully removed the bulk of his tumor, and will continue his treatment at Mount Sinai.

Watch the full story here.

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