Better Precision and Improved Safety with Robotic Spine Surgery
Overview of Robotic Spinal Surgery
In recent years there have been a great many developments made in the field of medicine, but none is greater than robotic spinal surgery. The Mazor Renaissance Robot has become the epitome of precision and safety when it comes to neurosurgery in general and spinal surgery in particular.
For traditional spinal surgery, it is up to the surgeon to determine the proper placement for screws using x-rays taken prior to the procedure. During the actual procedure, however, the surgeon must rely on his own judgment and feel in order to place the screws correctly. Unfortunately, x-rays cannot provide a complete picture and there is a significant risk for misplacement. Even a minor mistake can lead to some serious consequences, including pain, reduced mobility, and paralysis.
Though there are still some risks involved, robotic spinal surgery is much safer and more precise than traditional spinal surgery. Robotic spinal surgery techniques can increase the precision of screw placement to an accuracy of 1mm. This not only reduces the risk for misplacement, but also reduces the patient’s pain and recovery time. Accurate screw placement using robotic spinal surgery techniques also lowers the risk for post-operative complications.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Robotic Spinal Surgery?
Neurosurgery in general is very complex, but spinal surgery is particularly challenging. It is difficult and also one of the riskiest types of surgical procedures. While x-rays can help to reduce the risk for screw misplacement, variations in human anatomy and bone quality cannot always be foreseen, and these factors increase the risk for human error. The smallest mistakes can become critical when the spinal cord is involved, so a procedure that reduces risk and increases precision is incredibly valuable.
Though robotic spinal surgery is still a fairly new development, it has already been shown to make spinal surgeries safer and less invasive. Using robotic guidance, spinal surgeons can reduce the risk for screw misplacement by 10 percent and the risk for nerve damage drops by 2 percent. On the whole, robotic spinal surgery increases the rate of proper screw placement up to 98 percent.
Though robotic spinal surgery has revolutionized the world of neurosurgery, all surgical methods have their drawbacks. Because this type of surgery is still so new, it is only available at a limited number of locations, and not all spinal surgeons are qualified to work with robotic guidance. With time, robotic spinal surgery will become more readily available.
If you are thinking about spinal surgery, it is worth considering robotic spinal surgery simply because the procedure is so safe and effective. For more information or to schedule a consultation, view our website or call today.