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The Lowdown on Robotic Spine Surgery
A revolutionary advancement in spine surgery involves the use of robotics to accomplish the intricate procedure. Often used during minimally invasive spine surgery, already a boom to spine surgeries by reducing risks and adding many benefits, robotic assisted surgery takes it a step further by skyrocketing accuracy and lowering complications.
Robotic spine surgeries have already been performed on thousands of patients by cutting-edge physicians such as Spine Surgeon Dr. Fischer at NYU Langone Medical Center in Midtown Manhattan. It is used to treat many conditions including herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, traumatic injuries, kyphosis, scoliosis, spinal tumors and more.
Many factors must be considered as Spine Surgeon Dr. Fischer identifies the optimal approach to your spine surgery. Not every spine issue should be treated using robotic techniques. Patients with certain spinal defects are not good candidates and might benefit from other procedures such as open spine surgery. Spine Surgeon Dr. Fischer has the experience necessary to help you choose the most effective type of surgery for your condition.
Imaging and 3D computer software is used to help the surgeon develop a detailed and exact surgical plan before the first incision is ever made. Precise incision locations and paths for the specialized instruments are mapped out prior to surgery. This leads to smaller incisions and less tissue damage. The robotic tools offer guidance throughout the surgery, enabling the physician to have the utmost accuracy and precision every step of the way. There are minimal surprises during a robotic assisted spine surgery.
This advanced surgery offers a number of benefits to patients, including:
Every surgery carries risks. The risks of robotic spine surgeries include localized infection, anesthesia complications, unexpected blood loss during the procedure, post-surgery blood clots, or need for subsequent surgery. However, complication rates for robotic spine surgeries are lower than traditional spine surgeries. Spine Surgeon Dr. Fischer at NYU Langone Medical Center can help you decide what type of spinal surgery is right for you. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.