Once the doctor has determined that a halo-vest is needed, the next step is the application process. This is usually done in a controlled setting such as an operating room.
For the procedure, your patient will be given an anesthetic, so that he/she will not feel any pain.
Previous x-rays that were used to determine your patient’s need for a halo are reviewed in the operating room. These will be available to the doctor during the actual halo application process.
The halo itself is held steady with pins that are threaded through the ring and anchored to the head (unless the physician is using a pinless halo).
The pins are inserted using a special tool, and will then be tightened securely.
The vest is also fitted, based on body size. This is attached to the halo with the supporting bars. In some cases the vest will need to be pre-measured or customized. If this is the case, this will have been done before the day of placement, and the molded jacket will be available in the operating room made to fit your patient’s torso.