Robots in Spine Surgery
The use of a robot is one of the newest technologies in spine surgery. It is a guidance system allowing surgeons to perform a wide range of spinal surgeries with greater accuracy, safety, and speed. Since there is reduced use of fluoroscopy or x-rays, radiation exposure to the patient is significantly minimized. We have been using the Mazor Renaissance robot since 2014. It is based on a computerized pre-operative plan and increases precision to an accuracy of 1 mm. It is especially effective for pedicle screw placement. In the past, surgeons inserted screws into the spine by “freehand” or by obtaining x-rays images using the long repeated fluoroscopic exposure. These older techniques posed a significant risk of misplacing the screws. Without robotic guidance, the rate of screw misplacement is up to 10% and nerve injury up to 2%. Using our Mazor robot, the rate of accurate screws placement increases to at least 98%.
Robotic Spine Surgery Benefits
Spine surgery can be a scary prospect for a lot of patients. Worries about accuracy, patient outcomes and recovery time are common.
Independent clinical research has shown that minimally-invasive surgery provides the following benefits:
- Promotes Faster Recovery: Patients 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 robotics.
- Lowered Complication Rates: Clinical studies based on robotic surgeries have shown increased favorable patient outcomes, including lowered surgery complication rates.
- Increased Accuracy: With the help of Robotics, spine surgery accuracy is increased. 3D planning software maps out the procedure.