Can you be confident in minimally invasive robotic spine surgery? What are the advantages?

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Often heard of minimally invasive robotic spine surgery, the first reaction of the people may be: wow, robots do surgery, so what is the doctor for? Is it safe to leave the surgery to a robot? First of all, let us first understand the minimally invasive robotic spine surgery system.

In fact, the so-called minimally invasive robotic spine surgery, is the doctor through the robotic system to complete the surgery, in the end, the robot is just a tool, to complete the surgery or the doctor.

The minimally invasive spine robotic surgery system is mainly composed of three parts: robotic arm, imaging system and computerized navigation system. Robot-assisted surgery is based on preoperative imaging data to develop a surgical plan, the doctor determines the plan, and the robotic arm assists the doctor to implement it during the operation. With the help of computer navigation intraoperative positioning and tracking system, the robotic arm is more accurate and stable than manual positioning, and the clinical precision of PUMA spine minimally invasive robot reaches sub-millimeter level (≤0.7mm), which greatly improves the precision and repeatability of surgery.

For patients with orthopedic diseases, surgery is the main means of treatment. At present, domestic orthopedic surgery mostly adopts the traditional “unarmed operation” mode, the surgical effect is too dependent on the experience of the surgeon in charge, large incision and high radiation may increase the risk of surgery, and the accuracy and stability of the surgery need to be improved.

So, what are the advantages of minimally invasive spine robot?

1.Accurately reach the lesion

In the traditional surgical process, the doctor needs to feel the location of the lesion based on experience. In the robot-assisted surgical process, the robot’s “brain”, “eyes” and “arms” are coordinated to accurately reach the lesion according to the surgical plan formulated by the doctor.

  1. Tiny incision wound

Under the joint collaboration of the doctor and the minimally invasive spine robot, the doctor does not need to cut a long wound to find the lesion, but usually only needs to cut a few tiny incisions. This significantly reduces the amount of bleeding and the dose of radiation the patient receives.

  1. Stable surgery

The robot’s “arm” has strong stability, which allows the surgeon to formulate a surgical plan that can be accurately fed back to the surgical instruments, getting rid of the dependence on their own muscle strength, so that the surgeon is more stable and more natural to carry out the surgery.

  1. Good postoperative results

Because minimally invasive robotic spine surgery is characterized by high accuracy, strong stability and tiny incisions, it greatly reduces bleeding and pain, speeds up post-operative recovery, reduces hospitalization time and complications, and does not make patients feel inferior due to long scars after open surgery.

数据统计显示,脊柱微创机器人辅助脊柱手术与传统手术相比,住院时间减少27%,并发症发生率减少48%,返修率下降46%,感染率明显下降。另外,机器人的应用,还极大减少了术中X线透视次数(减少50%-74%),显著降低了对患者和医生的放射损害。

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