There have been numerous advancements in spine surgery over recent years, but robotic technology has been one of the most significant improvements. Since its development, the experienced team of surgeons at Alliance Orthopedics have become experts in using robotic spine surgery techniques to optimize accuracy in a range of surgeries for chronic back pain.
What Is It?
Robotic spine surgery is a state-of-the-art technology that enhances the Alliance Orthopedics team’s accuracy and dexterity. This procedure involves advanced imaging technology, including virtual images from CT or computed tomography scans, which create a detailed representation of your spine.
The scans – along with information about your bone quality and intended surgical outcome – form the basis of your surgical plan. The plan then goes into the robot’s computer, enabling your surgeon to visualize your anatomy more accurately while also providing a template for the robot to use.
What Can It Treat?
RSS is particularly useful at treating the following:
Degenerative disc disease
RSS is a minimally invasive procedure that offers the following benefits:
Less tissue damage
Reduced blood loss
Less postoperative pain
Shorter hospital stays
Lower risk of infection
Robot-assisted spine surgery achieves precision exceeding even the most skilled surgeons, as robotics have unlimited endurance, reducing the chances of fatigue-related errors.
Why Would I Need Robotic Spine Surgery?
For most spinal conditions, conservative methods such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, and medications are often effective in reducing pain and improving mobility. For patients who are still in pain, Alliance Orthopedics also offers advanced minimally invasive interventional treatments, including:
Spinal cord stimulation
If your back pain persists despite a comprehensive treatment program, robotic spine surgery may be right for you. If you are a candidate for RSS, the procedure takes place under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep for the entirety of the surgery. Once you are under anesthesia, your surgeon makes small incisions for the specialized instruments to enter the spine, using a live camera feed to view the interior of the structures.
Although surgeons cannot perform every type of spinal surgery using this method, technology in this field is advancing every day. To find out more about RSS and if you may be a candidate, call Alliance Orthopedics today or request an appointment online below.