Robotic Spine Surgery: New Advancements in Technology

Published on December 20, 2023 by Dr. Nathaniel Rawicki

Robotic spine surgery, also known as robotic-assisted spine surgery, is a minimally invasive surgical technique that utilizes robotic systems to assist the surgeon during the procedure. It combines the precision and accuracy of robotic technology with the expertise and decision-making of the surgeon.

During robotic spine surgery, the surgeon uses a robotic system that consists of a robotic arm, specialized instruments, and a 3D imaging system. The surgeon controls the robotic arm, which guides the instruments to perform the surgery with enhanced precision and control.

Potential Benefits: 

  1. Increased accuracy: Robotic systems provide real-time feedback and guidance to the surgeon, allowing for more precise placement of implants, screws, or instruments. This can result in improved surgical outcomes and reduced risk of complications.
  2. Minimally invasive approach: Robotic spine surgery is typically performed using smaller incisions, which can lead to less tissue damage, reduced blood loss, and faster recovery times compared to traditional open surgery.
  3. Customized treatment: Robotic systems use preoperative planning and 3D imaging to create a personalized surgical plan for each patient. This allows for a tailored approach that takes into account the patient’s unique anatomy and condition.
  4. Reduced radiation exposure: Robotic systems often incorporate advanced imaging technology, such as pre- or intra-operative CT scans or fluoroscopy, which can reduce the need for repeated X-rays during surgery. This helps minimize radiation exposure for both the patient and the surgical team.

It’s important to note that while robotic spine surgery offers several advantages, it may not be suitable for all patients or all types of spinal conditions. The decision to undergo robotic spine surgery should be made after a thorough evaluation and discussion with a qualified spine surgeon who can determine the most appropriate treatment approach for each individual case.

Make an appointment online or call today if you’d like a consultation to see if Robotic Spine Surgery is right for you! 

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