Many spine surgeries are utilizing robotics to ensure even greater enhanced recovery and minimally invasive surgeries, including some of the procedures I perform in the operating room. As the world of spine surgery technology expands, what are some of the things that are essential to know about robotics?
The goal of modern spine surgery with robotics is to maximize patient function and accelerate return to regular life. Less invasive procedures mean greater patient safety and accuracy during surgery
Less Invasive & Smaller Incisions
Smaller incisions result in less damage to healthy tissue, less postoperative pain, and faster recovery
Decreased Intraoperative Radiation
For many spine surgeries, MIS require an increase in x-rays–with robotic surgeries, the technology reduces the need for radiation. A recent study of ours proved that MI robotic guided spine surgery actually decreases the use of radiation by 76%, benefiting both patient and surgical team. This may lead to to fewer complications post-surgery, and a decreased rate of cancer among spine surgeons.
Improved Surgical Accuracy
The assistance of robot-guided surgery allows the surgeon to perform minimally invasive surgery very precisely. The MazorX Stealth Robot allows for pre-operative 3D computerized surgical planning in order to plan the “ideal” procedure for each patient. System includes intraoperative robotic-guidance combined with simultaneous navigation technology
With the improved accuracy of robot-guided surgery, the risk to the patient is lowered as well as the possibility for revision surgeries. The use of robotics avoids muscle cutting during surgery, allowing for less soreness and pain post operation.
Reduced Recovery Time – ERAS
Robot-guided surgery is using minimally invasive surgeries with incisions as small as (1 centimeter), and less tissue cutting, meaning less soreness and pain after surgery. With less of an incision and a more precise surgery, the patient’s recovery time is dramatically reduced.