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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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Pediatric Surgery: Things to Expect

Following spinal surgery, these are the things parents can expect. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

If you have a child who underwent a spinal fusion, chances are that he or she will complain of pain in the area of the procedure. This is normal and will decrease in the coming weeks. Medications like Advil and Motrin should be avoided as they can interfere with the healing process. Consult your doctor if your child appears to be in more pain than should be normal during the healing process.

Infections are not common, and should not happen – but are possible. Be sure to inspect your child’s back daily to ensure there are no infections. Healthy healing areas should be pink at the incision and the edges should be together.

Be sure to encourage your child to take liquids, fruits and vegetables to reduce constipation possibilities. Multivitamins with iron can help your child’s body heal itself

In the upcoming weeks after your child’s spinal fusion, monitor their activity levels. As discomfort clears, your child will probably want to get up and be active. Prevent them from doing anything too strenuous to avoid injury to the fusion area.

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Pain Management vs. Spine Surgery: What is best for you?

Is spine surgery the best course of action for pain management? Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Patients dealing with chronic back pain may be asking themselves if they are better off finding ways to combat their pain or if surgery is the better option. Not surprisingly, patients with pain want to find a way to relieve it once and for all. There are advantages and disadvantages to chronic pain management versus surgery.

It is best to consult your doctor in order to find the best possible course of treatment depending on your spinal condition. With the wide range of spinal deformities, diseases, and complications – there are many treatment options available to patients both surgical and non-surgical.

While programs to manage chronic pain can be preferable as rehabilitation as an escape, surgery may be the best option for you.

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Questions Regarding Spinal Fusions

The following are additional answers to fusion questions you may have. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Patients undergoing spinal fusion procedures may be aware of a “domino” effect once their first procedure has been completed. They may hear that a few years after their procedure they may need the same surgery to repair additional discs.

While it is possible that further surgery will be required, most cases of isolated one-level degenerative disc disease don’t require any more. Further surgery is more common in patients exhibiting osteoporosis of the facet joints. The shape of the discs is also important and while unhealthy patients may be at a higher risk – the majority of patients undergoing spinal fusions will be able to handle the added pressure.

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Most Prevalent Pediatric Spine Surgeries

These are the most prevalent spinal procedures for children. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Development in children, especially in the early stages can lead to complications within and around the spine. Scoliosis is one of the most common spinal deformities seen in children in which the natural curvature of the spine becomes severe. Other spinal conditions developing children can exhibit are:

Aneurysmal Bone Cyst
C1 Atlas Spine Injury
C2 Axis Spine Injury
Chondroblastoma
Chondromyxoid Fibroma
Congenital Scoliosis
Diastrophic Dysplasia
Early-onset Scoliosis
Fibrous Dysplasia
Genetic Cervical Spine Conditions
Goldenhar Syndrome
Idiopathic Scoliosis
Juvenile Ankylosing Spondylitis
Klippel-Feil Syndrome
Kniest Dysplasia
Kyphosis
Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
Larsen Syndrome
Lordosis
Lower Cervical Spine Injuries: C3-C7
Morquio Syndrome
Neuromuscular Scoliosis
Nonossifying Fibroma
Osteoblastoma
Osteoid Osteoma
Pseudoachondroplasia
Spinal Deformities
Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Congenita
Thoracic, Lumbar and Sacral Spine Injuries
Trauma-related Spine Conditions
Unicameral Bone Cyst

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India: A New Frontier for Spine Surgery Procedures

The country sees spine surgery as an important dynamic to health. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Spine surgery, most notably endoscopic spine surgery has become popular recently within the country of India. The dynamic healthcare system in India has become increasingly expensive. Neck and back pain have been on the rise as the country’s lifestyle changes have seen increases in sedentary and stressful living. Spine surgery within India is cost effective which makes it a preferred means of care. Additionally, spine surgery in the country takes relatively less time in recovery.

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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.