PathKeeper is an Israeli-based startup company that has established a solution to combat the high failure rates seen in spinal surgeries.
PathKeeper was founded in 2018 by Mr. Erez Lampert, a top 3D medical imaging expert with 20+ years of experience in the healthcare and aerospace industries, and a proven track record in the field of 3D imaging. Erez previously served as the R&D leader for the Itero Element Intraoral Scanner for Align Technology (Invisalign), the leading 3D dental scanner in the world today. Dr. Josh Schroeder, the Director of Spinal Deformities at Hadassah Medical Center and a HSS fellow, has been onboard since the inception of the company as a clinical advisor.
Erez and Josh’s combined knowledge enabled them to develop an innovative navigation system that outperforms existing solutions. The name PathKeeper effectively describes the essence of the system - a 3D navigation system that 'keeps' the surgical 'path' on course throughout the surgery.
WHY INVEST IN PATHKEEPER?
Dan J. Gelvan, PhD
PathKeeper is dedicated to improving the health of individuals around the world suffering from all spinal issues requiring surgery, while making navigation-guided surgery available to any patient in all sized operating rooms.
ACTUALIZING OUR VISION
PathKeeper works with world renowned orthopedic surgeons and has developed a platform that overcomes the barriers that limit today’s robotic systems. The system was developed with a distinct understanding of what today’s systems lack and what is needed to offer a safer and more accurate surgical experience for all.
CURRENT MARKET LANDSCAPE
The 'free-hand' technique is the most prevalent approach in spinal surgery and requires physicians to take X-ray images throughout the procedure in order to accurately position the surgical screws. The main shortfall of this method is that it is highly dependent on the physician's skill, and screw placement errors can occur 20% - 30% of the time.
The proprietary technology is capable of providing high placement accuracy by combining a proprietary 3D laser camera with state-of-the-art software that tracks the anatomy and surgical tools and provides guidance. The anatomical map is updated rapidly and the surgeon can reregister if necessary with the click of a button.
A major differentiator of the PathKeeper platform is that it does not require radiation intraoperatively. This creates a radiation-free, operational environment which ensures safer surgeries for patients and staff.
REDUCED SURGERY TIMES
The platform reduces surgery time with its quick and easy tool calibration and registration process. The system also doesn't require radiation intraoperatively which is an additional time saver.