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Robots have been used in the medical industry since the year 2000 with the introduction of the da Vinci Surgical System. Today, little-automated robots are used to make deliveries, clean and disinfect areas in a variety of hospitals. A robot that assists spinal surgeons is the latest innovation changing the face of modern medicine.

Mazor X Stealth Edition recently introduced a robot designed specifically for spinal surgeries. The device received FDA approval in the fall of 2018. The robot creates three-dimensional images that enable surgeons to plan their approach before ever entering the operating room. A number of hospitals and spinal centers have incorporated the robots into their practices, which offer a number of benefits.

 

Robot Function

The robots are equipped with the Mazor X™ Stealth Edition technology that assists surgeons in planning procedures. The robotic system uses two-dimensional computerized CT scans prior to surgery to provide surgeons with three-dimensional images of the potential surgical site. The images are displayed from different angles, which allows surgeons to clearly view the diseased area of the spine while determining the best surgical approach.

In the surgical suite, the robot is positioned near the patient or attached directly to the surgical table in order for surgeons to have a clear view of the visual display of the surgical site and the instructions provided by the robot. The images viewed on the display are easily altered as needed.

Using computerized algorithms, the robotic arm is strategically positioned over the surgical site. Instruments are inserted through the robotic hand into the patient at the precise location. The system provides step-by-step guidance throughout the procedure.

By using the spinal robots, patients are exposed to less radiation and fewer members of the health care team. The guidance program increases the accuracy and safety of spinal surgical procedures, which enables patients to experience better outcomes.

 

Condition Appropriately Treated by Robotic Surgery

The system is capable of assisting surgeons effectively treat a number of spinal conditions that include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Kyphosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Revision surgeries after previously failed procedures

 

Robot Spinal Surgery Benefits

The many benefits that patients experience secondary to robotic surgery include:

  • Smaller surgical incisions
  • Less time required to perform procedures
  • Fewer surgical complications
  • More effective treatment
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery times