Hearing the term “robotic surgery” can have you wondering if you’re in the middle of a science fiction movie. However, robotic-assisted surgical systems have been around for decades, and the technology keeps getting better.
Dr. Arien Smith performs robotic surgery for certain spinal procedures at Brain and Spine Institute of New York and New Jersey using the Mazor X Stealth™ Edition robotic guidance platform. If you have a back condition that doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, here’s how robotic surgery could help.
What sets robotic surgery apart from other surgical approaches is the advanced technology involved, thanks to robot assistance. During a robotic surgery, Dr. Smith still performs and controls your procedure and. However, he does it by operating a computer console that controls a robotic arm.
This advanced system gives Dr. Smith clearer and more magnified views of the surgical site. It also gives him greater flexibility and control over surgical instruments than possible with a human hand.
As a result, Dr. Smith can perform the most complex and delicate procedures with greater precision, accuracy, and outcomes.
A robotic guidance system provides numerous advantages during surgery, including:
And the Mazor X system has indications for use in positioning surgical instruments or spinal implants for spine and brain surgery. He can use it to perform traditional open procedures as well as in minimally invasive or pre-cutaneous techniques.
This advanced technology enables Dr. Smith to correct numerous spine issues, effectively resolving pain, preventing progression of your back condition, and improving the overall function in your back.
If your back pain doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, Dr. Smith could recommend surgery. As for robot-assisted procedures, Dr. Smith can use this technology for any back conditions requiring removing bone or adding implants or hardware (like screws).
Common back problems Dr. Smith treats with robotic spine surgery include:
Robotic surgery is also highly beneficial for complex back revision surgery or to correct deformities where your anatomy may be distorted. That’s because the advanced technology in the robotic console can help determine the optimal locations for correcting spinal irregularities.
Do you have back pain that doesn’t respond to conservative treatment? If you’re considering surgery, learn more about robotic surgery and other options at the Brain and Spine Institute of New York and New Jersey by contacting the location nearest you today.