Robotic Spinal Surgery- Making Spinal Surgery Safer and More Precise
What is Robotic Guidance in Spinal Surgery
Robotic spinal surgery is one of the latest advances in neurosurgery and spinal surgery. Using the Mazor Renaissance Robot, Professor Richard Bittar was the first surgeon in Victoria and the second Neurosurgeon in Australia to perform robotic spinal surgery. This technology is now available to patients who desire leading edge technology in the operating theatre.
Traditionally, surgeons perform complex spinal surgery by placing screws in the spinal bones either ‘freehand’- using their judgement and feel, or with the assistance of many X-rays taken during the procedure. These X-rays, if taken in large numbers, expose the patient (and the surgeon) to significant amounts of radiation, which potentially may be harmful. Using these techniques, there is a small but very significant risk of placing the screws in the wrong place, or in a sub-optimal position. The end result could be paralysis or a less effective operation.
Robotic spinal surgery was conceived to introduce a much greater degree of accuracy to spinal surgery, thereby reducing the risk of screw misplacement. Using the Mazor Renaissance Robot, your surgeon stays in control of the surgery and places the screws with his or her hands, however the robot provides a guidance system, based on a computerised pre-operative plan. This increases the degree of precision that the surgeon can offer, resulting in an accuracy of 1mm.
The robotic guidance system allows surgeons to perform many types of spine surgery, from the simplest to the most complex – more safely, efficiently, and accurately. It reduces radiation exposure, and potentially lowers complication rates, postoperative pain, and recovery time.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ROBOTIC SPINAL SURGERY?
Spinal surgery can be one of the most challenging and risky types of surgery that patients require.
Variations in the anatomy and bone quality of patients, ability to take good quality x-rays during surgery, and the possibility of human error, combined with the critical nature of the spinal cord and nerves on which we operate means that relatively minor mistakes can translate into major complications.