Robotics-Assisted Spinal Surgery
A form of minimally invasive spine surgery, Robotic spine surgery utilizes a robotics system to assist and perfect surigcal intervention for patients experiencing chronic back pain unresponsive to non-surgical treatment. Designed to improve accuracy and optimize patient care, much like a GPS in your car. Many surgeons report several key surgical benefits for patients included but not limited to shorter hospital stays, less tissue damage, and smaller incisions (which may lead to smaller scars).
Dr. Grant Booher of Fort Worth Brain & Spine Institute proclaims: “Robotics offers my patients the most cutting-edge and state of the art treatments. Patients experience less blood loss, less pain, and typically quicker recovery.”
In a recent study presented at the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Annual Forum, researchers compared the surgical outcomes for 403 robotic-guided spine surgeries with 224 fluoroscopic-guided procedures and 78 freehand procedures.
The complication rates for the techniques were:
• Robotic guidance: 4 percent
• Fluoroscopic guidance: 5.4 percent
• Freehand: 12.8 percent
How does Robotic-Assisted Spinal Surgery Work?
Utilized for years in other surgical subcatetories, robotic-assisted surgery synced with surgical navigation software ensure exact millimeter precision. Much like a a GPS (global positioning system), continuous surgical data displays and updates the surgeon on a digital screen in the operating room. The system continually tracks the patient’s anatomy, the robot and the surgical instruments in real time to ensure no differentiation of position, distance, or variable.