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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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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.

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.

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Rare Surgery Helps Children with Cerebral Palsy Walk

A minimally invasive surgical technique is helping children with cerebral palsy walk. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Children with cerebral palsy may have an opportunity to walk after this amazing surgical procedure is completed. A rare form of spinal surgery in which a surgeon creates a small incision in the patient’s back is performed. Doctors report that the procedure stops spasticity in the legs while still maintaining proper sensations.

The procedure is currently only available at a Texas Hospital but will become more readily available as it is studied and trained. Thanks to this minimally invasive surgical procedure, children with cerebral palsy may now have the chance at a more normalized lifestyle.

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How is Robotic Spine Surgery Related to the Brain?

Neurosurgeons use the same technology pioneered in robotic spine surgery. Learn more about robotic spine surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Neurosurgeons now use a visualization technology that is being used in robotic surgery operating rooms worldwide. This system includes a moving arm that has a digital camera mounted at the end. It also contains a high-powered microscope. Surgeons create a small incision (Much like in robotic spine cases). The image is projected onto a large screen and allows the surgeon to monitor the procedure. It also allows the surgeon to see greater details. This hands-free visualization technology is a large benefit for the surgeon and doesn’t require excessive physical movement.

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Neurosurgeons Utilize Technology Used in Robotic Spine Surgery

Neurosurgeons are now using the same technology pioneered in robotic spine surgery. Learn more about robotic spine surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

An Oregon hospital is now utilizing the same technology found to be extremely successful in robotic spine surgical cases. Thanks to advanced robotic imaging and navigation, brain surgeons are using this technology to gain ultra-precise brain tumor removal – the same technique used in minimally invasive spine surgeries. By combining pre-op imaging with surgical planning and robotic visualization, neurosurgeons can see detailed brain imaging. Prior to imaging, doctors could not see with the same detail they can today.

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Robotic Spine Surgery: Cost Effective

Convincing findings in the cost efficiency of robotic spine surgery. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Studies published within the last five years have uncovered some interesting findings related to minimally invasive robotic spine surgery. Patients reported less blood loss overall than the traditional surgery group. The traditional surgery patients often had much longer hospital stays, leaving the minimally invasive patients with significantly lower hospital bills. Hospital stay time for minimally invasive patients was more than halved.

Additional studies revealed that patients who underwent minimally invasive surgery were in the operating room for less time overall. Because of this, hospital costs were also lower than those who underwent traditional surgery.

Another study investigated the effectiveness of minimally invasive surgery performed on the sacroiliac joint. Studies reported five-year gains in quality of life versus patients who either didn’t have any surgery.