3 common questions about spinal robotic-assisted spine surgery

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Robotic surgery systems are a combination of many modern high-tech tools, and spinal robotic surgery is actually the use of this robotic surgery system in spinal surgery. In recent years, spinal robotic-assisted spine surgery has only been carried out in China, and has not yet been fully popularized, and is a relatively new and avant-garde surgical approach:

1. How safe is spinal robotic-assisted spine surgery?

In conventional spine surgery, the surgeon does not have a fluoroscopic eye, so in order to accurately locate the nail, he or she will often choose the location of the nail again and again, in and out, repeatedly. With the help of a spinal robot, there is no such fuss. With the accurate positioning of the spinal robot, the robotic arm can enter the needle and place the tube in one step, without repeated probing, which is safer than ordinary surgery.

2. When is a spinal robot suitable for surgery?

The spine robot is generally used for intraoperative nail placement in the field of spine surgery. Therefore, the robot is suitable for most of the spine nail placement procedures, ranging from conventional minimally invasive percutaneous lumbar nail placement (MIS-TLIF) to larger scoliosis orthopedic internal fixation procedures. The spinal surgery robot can be used to assist with the accuracy and safety of the surgery. The spine surgery robot is particularly useful for patients who have difficulty in determining the location of the nail, such as scoliosis and other severe spinal deformities.

Overall, the spine robot is an option for patients requiring internal spinal fixation for lumbar spondylolisthesis, lumbar spinal stenosis, lumbar instability, degenerative or idiopathic scoliosis, etc.

3. What are the differences between robotic-assisted spine surgery and normal surgery?

Robotic-assisted spine surgery differs from normal surgery only in the process of nail placement and insertion, which is meant to reduce the errors caused by manual nail placement and to accurately place the screws into the ideal position in one step through a positioning system. Robotic surgery has the advantages of higher accuracy, greater safety, less intraoperative radiation, and more stable operation.

Due to the accuracy of the system, the spine robot will have better surgical efficacy than general surgery, and the intraoperative bleeding and length of surgery will be lower and shorter than general surgery.

Perlove Medical is the only manufacturer in China that offers a full-flow solution for spinal robots + 3D C-arms. With integrated adaptive alignment technology, automatic registration and alignment can be achieved with accuracy independent of image quality. The clinical accuracy reaches sub-millimeter level (0.7mm), which has the advantages of high positioning accuracy and small surgical incision compared to traditional surgery, helping to make spine surgery intelligent.

Spine surgery assisted by the spine robot achieves accurate, minimally invasive and intelligent surgery. Like a driving tour, the 3D images captured by the 3D C-arm during surgery provide a more accurate 3D “map” for the surgeon, and the spine surgery robot is the “GPS navigation system” that guides the surgeon to follow the “map” accurately. The combination of the two makes our surgeries safer and more accurate.

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