Robotic Spine Surgery

Spine surgery can be a scary prospect for a lot of patients. Worries about accuracy, patient outcomes and recovery time are common. Thankfully, when it comes to spine surgery performed with the robotics guidance system, you can rest easy.

Benefits using robotic spine surgery

  1. Surgeon can perform spine surgery both lateral and posterior positions effectively
  2. Guideline system helps to increase accuracy of operation by 99.8%
  3. Less radiation – reducing use of Fluoroscope by 56%
  4. Reducing complication rates by 71% with less post-operative infections, less blood lost, less anesthesia and reducing revision procedures by 84%
  5. Reducing average length of hospital stay by 27%
  6. Applicable with spine surgery techniques, for example, PROlat, a single-position solution for placing pedicle screws and other spinal hardware in the lateral decubitus position with the robotics guidance system which can shorten the OR time and streamline the procedure.

How it works

Utilizing robotics guidance system in a spine program can improve the execution and outcomes in a wide variety of procedures, including: minimally-invasive and percutaneous degenerative repair, pedicle screw fixation for complex spinal deformity, and vertebral augmentation.

Surgical treatment of the spine requires careful planning and precision, accounting for a patient’s own unique anatomy. With 3D planning, your surgeon creates a highly-customized surgical plan prior to entering the operating room.

During the procedure, your surgeon uses mechanical guidance to implement the procedure with unparalleled precision – providing consistent results and optimal outcomes for patients.

Watch the videos below to get a quick overview of the process,

Step 1: Plan

Create a pre-operative blueprint of the ideal surgery for each patient in a virtual 3D environment.

Step 2: Mount

Rigid attachment to the patient assures maximum surgical accuracy throughout the procedure.

Step 3: 3D Sync

Two fluoroscopic images are taken and matched to their corresponding location on the pre-operative CT.

Step 4: Operate

Tools and implants are guided to the planned location with 1.5 mm accuracy.


Benefits for Patients

Independent clinical research has shown that minimally-invasive surgery with robotics technology provides the benefits listed below

  • Promotes Faster Recovery

Patients who have surgery performed with the robotics guidance system can experience faster recovery time, allowing them to return to their normal daily activities in less time than those who received surgeries via traditional methods.

  • Reduced Post-operative Pain

Clinical studies have shown patients may experience less pain following spine procedures performed with the assistance of the robotics guidance system.

  • Lowered Complication Rates

Clinical studies based on surgeries performed with the robotics guidance system have shown increased favorable patient outcomes, including lowered surgery complication rates.

  • Increased Accuracy

With the help of the robotics, spine surgery accuracy is increased. 3D planning software maps out the procedure, while the robotics guidance system guides the surgeon’s tools within 1.5mm accuracy.

Conditions commonly treated by spine surgery with robotics technology are:

  • Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine bends to the side abnormally; either to the right or left. The curvature can be moderate to severe. Any part of the spine can be bent in scoliosis; but the most common regions are the chest area (thoracic scoliosis) or the lower part of the back (lumbar scoliosis).

  • Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disease is the result of a continuous process based on degenerative cell changes, affecting tissues or organs will increasingly deteriorate over time, whether due to normal bodily wear or lifestyle choices such as exercise or eating habits.

  • Herniated Disc

A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine. A spinal disc is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior.

  • Kyphosis

Kyphosis, also known as a round back or hunchback, is a condition in which the spine in the upper back has an excessive curvature. The upper back, or thoracic region of the spine, is supposed to have a slight natural curve.

  • Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one of the bones of the spine (vertebrae) slips out of place onto the vertebra below it. If it slips too much, the bone might press on a nerve, causing pain. Usually, the bones of the lower back are affected.