Andrews Institute and Baptist Hospital Offer Innovative Technology for Spine Surgery

Gulf Breeze, Fla. (June 19, 2013) — 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.

Andrews Institute neurosurgeon, Brett Reichwage, M.D., and his staff offer excellent outcomes for spine surgery patients at Baptist Hospital with the help of O-arm technology
Andrews Institute neurosurgeon, Brett Reichwage, M.D., and his staff offer excellent outcomes for spine surgery patients at Baptist Hospital with the help of O-arm technology.

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.



About the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Located minutes from Pensacola, Fla. in Gulf Breeze, the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine provides world-class care and service for the athlete in everyone. The Institute features more than 40 physicians and medical experts providing best-in-class service in specialties ranging from orthopaedics and sports medicine to joint care and neurosurgery, and is accessible to everyone. It is the world’s only facility offering surgery, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and athletic performance training all on one campus. The one-of-a-kind center focuses on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries while using the expertise of nationally and internationally renowned orthopaedic surgeon James Andrews, M.D. Dr. Andrews is best known as physician to some of sport’s greatest professional athletes. For additional information, visit



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