Experts are predicting that one of the most exciting developments in the field of spine surgery for 2017 will be robotic spine surgery. This rapidly evolving field is the cause of great interest among patients and surgeons alike.
Here are 5 things to know about robotic spine surgery in 2017.
1. Greatly reduced complication rates.
Because of the 3-D imaging environment available to surgeons with robotic spine surgery, complication rates are greatly reduced. The predictability of surgeries using this technology make it possible for surgeons to pre-plan procedures with amazing accuracy, leading to vastly superior outcomes.
As the technology is refined, complication rates are expected to drop even more.
2. Reduced X-ray exposure.
X-ray exposure is an issue for many patients, especially those undergoing complex surgeries. The ongoing need for the guidance of this classical diagnostic tool is a cause for concern. But with robotic spine surgery, exposure time is greatly reduced.
In the case of screw placement in spine surgeries, a study by the European Spine Journal found that exposure time was reduced by almost half when robotics were employed.
3. A robotic arm.
First the Space Arm and now, an arm to assist surgeons in the operating theater. Canada is all about extending our grasp, it seems.
This time, scientists there have created a means by which surgeons may stand in the operating theater and still view a guidance monitor, with ease. Providing imagery of soft tissue (specifically, in the instance of spine surgeries), the BrightMatter robotic arm is a key development.
Only last November, the first spinal fusion using robotic technology was achieved. Using the 3-D navigation offered by the RIALTO system, Dr. William Tobler performed a successful outpatient procedure.
And in April of 2016, the first spine surgery using the ROSA Spine technology was performed. Dr. Juan Torres-Revaron made an incision of only 1.5 inches to achieve precise spinal fusion which was adjustable to patient movement.
5. The future is now.
As pioneers in the exciting field of robotics, the team at Progressive Spine is thrilled to see growth in this technology, which offers surgeons and patients alike a window onto a whole new world of spine surgery. The possibilities for robotic surgery are seemingly endless, which these 5 things to know about robotic surgery in 2017 reveal.
With studies demonstrating that pedicle screw placement with robot spine surgery is currently enjoying a 95.4% accuracy rate, we know it’s only a matter of time before this surgical innovation grows to its full stature, becoming globally available in the USA.
At Progressive Spine, we’re committed to the ongoing development of technologies which allow us to perform spine surgeries involving far less trauma to the body than traditional methods. That’s why we’re in the vanguard of robotic spine surgery. The future is now and we welcome it.
If you’d like to find out more about robotic spine surgery, contact us. At Progressive Spine, we bring you leading edge spine care and treatment.