One of our esteemed spine surgeons, Dr. Joshua Rovner, will now be performing robotic spine surgeries at the Hackensack Hospital in New Jersey, the first hospital in New Jersey to offer the procedure. Conducted using a state-of-the-art guidance system, robotic spine surgery is a multifaceted process. The surgeon first uses a CT-based 3-D simulation of the patient’s spine in order to develop a pre-surgery plan. Then, during the actual surgery, the surgeon’s hand and tools are guided to the precise locations identified in the pre-surgery plan.
Overall, robotic spine surgery significantly improves patient safety when compared to freehand spine surgery, and it also improves patient outcomes. “Robotic spine surgery in NJ allows us to improve the safety and efficiency of spinal fusion surgery to give patients the best possible chance of permanently relieving their back pain,” Dr. Rovner explained. And because robotic spine surgery is minimally invasive, it means smaller incisions, less pain, shorter hospitalization periods, and a speedier recovery.
Board-certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Rovner received his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, and he went on to do a residency in orthopedic surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Following his residency, Dr. Rovner was awarded a spine surgery fellowship at the prestigious Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Today, Dr. Rovner is widely regarded as an expert of the field of spine surgery.