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Robotics and Its Use in Spine Surgeries

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Robotics and Its Use in Spine Surgeries

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Feb 19, 2019

Robotics brings increased accuracy to spine surgery as doctors perform a variety of procedures with low complication rates. This innovative technology allows surgeons to create a specific plan for each case before starting the surgery and to utilize a computerized 3D system that guides the doctor through each step of the procedure. The result is performing delicate spine surgeries with the utmost precision.

 

Process
How exactly are robotics used to help spinal surgeons? When appropriate, surgeons like NYC Spine Surgeon Dr. Fischer at NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC use this system to provide even better results for patients who need spine surgeries. The technology integrates previous CT scans with X-rays that are taken real-time during the surgery. The images are used to identify the size and placement of surgical components like screws or implants, allowing a plan to be created that is based specifically on each patient’s anatomy. The robotic arm guides the surgeon to the specific area of the spine to most accurately perform the procedure. The robot and the physician work together, with the surgeon operating the instruments and the robot indicating the placement, angle and depth of each part of the procedure. The real-time 3D imaging ensures maximum accuracy, with continuous display on the screen for Dr. Fischer and the surgical staff to monitor the procedure’s progress and view live images for the most accurate surgical results.

 

Benefits
Robotic spine surgery has numerous benefits, including:

  • Greater accuracy
  • Less complication risks
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less blood loss
  • Less tissue damage
  • Less radiation exposure
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Quicker recoveries

Procedures
Many spine surgical procedures can make use of robot-guided technology. Some of these are minimally invasive procedures, spinal fusion, osteoporotic compression fractures, spondylolisthesis surgery, and scoliosis reconstruction procedures. If you need spine surgery to restore your health, ask Dr. Fischer at NYU Langone Medical Center about the possibility of robotics being used to assist in your surgical procedure.

To learn more about robotic assisted spine surgery at our New York City office, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Fischer.


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