The primary objective of modern spinal surgery is to ensure an optimal patient outcome while minimizing recovery time. With this objective in mind, spinal surgery has gradually evolved to more precise and minimally-invasive, and as a result, more attention and focus has been put on decreasing trauma to the patient’s body during surgery and accelerating the return to full life.
Due to the drastic improvement in surgical technology, robotic spinal surgery has been introduced. It is an advanced and quickly-emerging technique that offers a broad range of advantages to both the surgeons and patients.
Robot-guided spinal surgery is designed to boost the safety of minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery procedures, and reduce the use of radiation during spinal surgery. It employs state-of-the-art, highly innovative technology for the treatment of a vast spectrum of spinal complications including spinal deformities, spine tumors, and degenerative spinal issues.
Robotic spinal surgery makes use of a technology known as the Renaissance System developed by Mazor Robotics. It is a revolutionary medical technology that uses a robot to provide guidance based on a pre-operative and computerized plan. In return, it boosts the surgeon’s accuracy as well as increase the degree of precision that a surgeon can offer.
How Mazor Robotics’ Renaissance System Works
Mazor Robotics` Renaissance System allows a specially trained surgeon to use Renaissance`s innovative 3D software before entering an operation room. It creates an ideal procedure for each patient`s spinal condition by allowing the surgeon to view and study images from a computerized tomography scan (CT scan). All CT scan details are loaded into a 3D planning system which gives the surgeon the opportunity to create a comprehensive procedure for every surgical care before entering the operation room.
During operation, the Renaissance System from Mazor Robotics helps in guiding the surgeon`s tools and instruments based on very comprehensive and pre-operative planning and placement of spinal implants. Throughout the process of robotic-guided spine surgery, the robot is placed close to the patient by attaching it to the patient`s bed or attaching it to the patient`s spine.
Further, the robot is designed in such a way that it can rotate or bend so as to allow it to place its arms easily on the patient’s spine in any trajectory or location. Hence, the accurate and proper guidance from the robot will improve the surgeon’s ability to place implants safely, especially when dealing with minimally invasive surgery or working on complex anatomy.
Robotic spinal surgery has proved to be on the leading front for minimally-invasive techniques adopted by many minimally-invasive spinal surgeons across the globe since it helps patients realize successful operations and quicker recovery times.
It is vital for all spinal surgeons to always search for ways to reduce the risks associated with surgery. Performing spinal surgeries using the traditional techniques without robotic guidance is often related to screw misplacement and nerve damage. For this reason, by employing robotic spinal surgery techniques, these risks will be lowered significantly.