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Captiva Spine Announces Completion Of First U.S. Cases With The New WatchTower Spine Navigation System

WatchTower™ Spine Navigation and Robotics: Sophisticated 2D Registration Algorithm Eliminates the Need for Intraoperative 3D Imaging

April 28, 2023 / OrthoSpineNews/ – Captiva Spine, a spinal technology organization dedicated to providing clinical and economical solutions in spine care, announced the completion of the first U.S. cases series using their new state-of-the-art WatchTower Spine Navigation System. The surgeries were performed by Dr. Hunaldo Villalobos of the Central Florida Neurosurgery Institute at facilities in the Orlando, FL, area.

The WatchTower Spine Navigation and Robotics Systems streamline the surgical workflow by merging a pre-operative CT scan with 2D imaging using a sophisticated algorithm to provide real-time 3D images of the patient’s spine during surgery. This allows the surgeon to navigate the spine with enhanced accuracy and precision, intended to improve patient outcomes and reduce the risk of complications. Additionally, the system eliminates the need for intraoperative 3D imaging for registration, minimizing operative time and radiation exposure for patients and staff and enhancing the safety and efficiency of spine surgeries.

“A fast, accurate, and inexpensive system makes navigation equipment installation at an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) feasible.”

“Captiva Spine’s WatchTower will be a game-changer for facilities doing spine surgery.” Said Dr. Hundaldo Villalobos.  “The system’s ability to register without relying on intraoperative CT scans or surface mapping through an open exposure makes it highly efficient and able to transform procedural workflow.” Dr. Villalobos further mentioned, “Speed of workflow was very impressive, including a decrease of set up time and implementation for the entire staff. Having a fast, accurate, and inexpensive system makes navigation equipment installation at an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) feasible.”

Dale Mitchell, President of Captiva Spine, expressed excitement over the first US cases with the WatchTower Spine Navigation System, stating, “We are thrilled to see our technology making a real impact in the operating room. Our team has worked tirelessly to bring this system to market and ensure its sophisticated technology is still practical and easy to use.  This milestone reinforces our vision of providing clinical and economical solutions to the market.”

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WatchTower Spine Navigation System US placements will be available by the end of 2Q23. For more information about the Captiva Spine WatchTower Spine Navigation and Robotics System and our other spinal fusion solutions, please visit


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About Captiva Spine, Inc.

Captiva Spine, founded in 2007, is a privately held medical device company that brings healthcare providers, distribution professionals, and surgical facilities together with innovative spinal care solutions. With a focus on quality, Captiva Spine strives to create reliable systems that provide clinical and economical solutions to the spine market.

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