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Robot-Assisted Spine Surgery
One of the goals of modern medicine is to continue to develop more innovative and advanced techniques to achieve optimum results with the least negative impacts on patients. In spine surgeries, this has happened in the way of minimally invasive endoscopic and laser spine surgeries. In recent years, robot-assisted spine surgeries have come to the forefront of technology with even better patient outcomes and safer surgeries.
Since the early 2000s, robot-assisted surgery has been performed in the medical areas of gynecologic and prostate surgeries. More recently, spine surgeries have been added to the list of areas that may benefit from this technology. Dr. Charla Fischer at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City is one of the skilled surgeons who offers this state-of-the-art solution to patients.
Potential benefits of robot-assisted spine surgery include shorter hospital stays, fewer complications, less blood loss, smaller incisions, less scarring and faster recovery. The procedure is performed using a magnified 3-D image created on a computer. Special instruments are employed to enhance visualization and precision, and provide the surgeon with greater control than is typically possible with human hands. One of the most common procedures that robot-assisted techniques are used for is pedicle screw placement, often an integral part of spinal fusion surgeries.
This innovative type of surgery expands the capabilities of surgeons, while improving outcomes and enhancing the lives of patients who undergo robot-assisted spine surgeries. Safe, accurate, and highly effective results are often possible using this technique. Robot-assisted spine surgery is a rapidly growing and more common procedure offered by spine surgeons such as Dr. Charla Fischer. This area of medicine continues to evolve and stands to provide better and better results for patients requiring spine surgery.