Spine Archive: Robotic Spine Surgery

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Minimally invasive spine surgery now available to Rochester

Choose the spine surgery technique that will improve your recovery

Minimally invasive spine surgery using state of the art robotics is the preferred way to perform many spine procedures in today’s medical world.

  • The technology provides a smaller, more accurate incision
  • The precise nature of the tool allows the surgeon to be less intrusive during the procedure. Less manipulation within surgery generally means less recovery time for the patient.
  • Patients recover faster after surgery

Dr. Anthony Leone is now providing minimally invasive robotic spine surgery to patients in the Rochester Area. Please contact us using the form below, or call us at 716-66-SPINE.

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Robotic Spine Surgery: Accuracy vs. Precision

What differentiates accuracy from precision in robotic spine surgery? Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Many think that precision and accuracy mean the same thing. Precision references the closeness of two or more measurements to one another. Accuracy refers to hitting the mark of the desired target as closely as possible. An analogy can be related to a basketball player who is shooting baskets. The player shoots with accuracy if his shots always bring the ball to the basket or close to it. The player shoots with precision if his shots are always in the same location (independent on the fact that it’s close to the basket or not).

Robotic spine surgery encompasses both of these phenomenas with the Mazor Renaissance┬« system. Designed to provide consistent precision with accuracy within 1.5mm – the system is far superior to standard surgical means. Studies have shown the procedure to be 99% effective with popularity of the procedure growing and spreading worldwide.

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Ambulatory Spine Centers: Robotic Spine Surgery

ASCs are beginning to incorporate robotic spine surgery. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

ASCs or ambulatory spine centers are starting to see the benefits of minimally invasive techniques for the spine. Increasing numbers of upcoming surgeons are training to learn automated spine surgery. These surgeons are also learning how to safely perform many more procedures with the help of a robot. Because of this, the market is now seeing an increase in the frequency of surgeons willing to operate in outpatient settings. By implementing these new spine procedures with robotics, an increasing focus will also be paid to the safety around these devices.

Success of Robotic Spine Surgery in Other Medical Areas

Other robotic surgical procedures are learning from spinal surgeries. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

The noted success minimally invasive robotic spine surgeries have shown are rippling to other medical areas. A new robotic drill can now perform skull surgery as much as fifty times faster than conventional skull surgeries done by hand. The upcoming machine is automated and reduces typical hand drill surgeries of two hours down to an astonishing two and a half minutes. Like spine surgery – this new procedure for skull operations promises small incisions. Infections are decreased and the incisions that are made are clean and safe.

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The First Dual Robotic Spine Surgery

The world’s first dual robotic spine surgery has been conducted. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

A Factory worker hailing from Jerusalem has undergone a miraculous procedure that has gotten him back to work and back to a normal life in no time. Aharon Schwartz broke his leg and six spinal vertebrae. A three hour procedure conducted in a Jerusalem hospital used two robots to assist in the surgery. One of the robots was the infamous Mazor robot fueled by the Mazor Renaissance® software. There was no need for CT scans or post-surgery xrays as a result of using the guidance system.

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Robotic Spine Surgery Vs. Fluoroscopic Fusion

Studies show robotic spine surgery reduced length of stay. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

A study was conducted comparing the newer robotic spine surgery procedure to traditional fluoroscopic procedures in spinal fusions. it was concluded that minimally invasive robotic spine surgery procedures significantly reduced the radiation exposure and length of stay for all patients who underwent the procedure. Tissue trauma was extensive in the traditional surgical procedure and also yielded excessive blood loss, neurological damage, and postoperative pain. These same negative factors were not found in the group who underwent the robotic spine surgery.

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Additional Findings for Pediatric Robotic Spine Surgery

Lower doses of CT radiation in robotic spine surgery for children. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Studies done on children who underwent robotic spine surgery as opposed to traditional surgery were found to have lower levels of radiation from CT machines. Low-dose scans are an option for young patients who are highly radiosensitive. Studies concluded that young patients overall exhibited a 7 percent decrease in CT radiation under low-dose regimens. Because robotic spine surgery requires much fewer CT scanning – children are safer should they be a candidate for robotic spine surgery.

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New Protocol for Pediatric Robotic Spine Surgery Lowers Radiation

New studies reveal lower doses of CT radiation with robotic spine surgery in children. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

CT scans taken pre-operatively, before surgery in order to provide additional information about the patient’s spine. This helps the surgeon’s overall planning and in this case, will help the surgeon plan for a safe procedure for the child. Because the navigation software used in most robotic spine surgical cases is so advanced, radiation doses have been significantly lowered – subjecting children to far less dosages.

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Spinal Deformity Correction Software

A leading company in robotic spine surgery has been given FDA approval. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Spinal deformity correction software was developed by surgical product company Mazor Robotics. This new technology helps surgeons plan pre-operatively for corrections to spinal deformities and alignment issues. Utilizing the company’s guidance platform for spine surgery, surgeons now have even more help. This technology also helps surgeons visualize the pre-operative plans via a 3-dimensional visual. With this 3D model, they can see even more details before surgery is even begun.

Laser Spine Surgery vs. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

There are better alternatives to laser surgery involving minimally invasive surgery. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Laser spine surgery is often referred to as a much more efficient technique when compared to traditional procedures. While laser spine surgery has better efficiency, the laser is actually used infrequently when looking at an overall spinal surgery. The biggest disadvantage to laser surgery involves the possibility of inconsistent or incorrect usage, resulting in nerve damage from heat transfer. While a scalpel may not be as accurate, there is no heat involved. Because of these risks – minimally invasive spine surgery is recommended where overall tissue damage is lower due to smaller incisions. Smaller incisions mean less pain and much faster recovery times for the patient.