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Robotic Spine Surgery: The Technology Behind a Minimally Invasive Approach

What Is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

When a neurosurgeon says that a procedure is “minimally invasive”, they mean that the surgical techniques being used allow them to separate the muscles surrounding the spine to better access the site being operated on. When more invasive techniques are used, sometimes by necessity, the surgeon is forced to cut through the muscle surrounding the site of the operation. As you can imagine, avoiding the cutting of essential muscle tissue allows patients to enjoy a faster recovery time, less pain and discomfort post surgery, and reduced scarring at the site of the incision.

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The Mazor X Stealth Edition™ Robotic System & ExcelsiusGPS® Robotic System

Advancements in surgical technology now allow neurosurgeons to offer their patients more minimally invasive options. Two machines that work alongside neurosurgeons in the operating room are the Mazor X Stealth Edition™ Robotic System developed by Medtronic and The ExcelsiusGPS® Robotic System developed by Globus Medical.

Both of these devices employ navigation technology similar to that of a GPS, and a robotic arm to help surgeons place posterior screws and rods into the spines of their patients with pinpoint precision. Medical images are taken to help your doctor create a customized surgical plan for your operation. The images and surgical plan then guides the robotic arm to a specific location on your spine, allowing the surgeon to use a specified route to access the surgical area. During the procedure, real-time images of the surgery are displayed for the doctor and nursing staff so that they can monitor the process closely.

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Who Qualifies for a Minimally Invasive Procedure?

Texas Spine Center pride themselves on using the latest technology to care for you and treat your back pain. Contact us today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Siddiqi to discuss the treatment options that are best for you.