There have been numerous advances in spine surgery over recent years, but one of the most significant is the use of robotic technology. The experienced team of surgeons at NJ Spine and Wellness are experts in using robotic spine surgery techniques to optimize accuracy in a range of surgeries for chronic back pain. To find out more, call the NJ Spine and Wellness office in Matawan, East Brunswick, Freehold, or Old Bridge, New Jersey, to schedule a consultation or book online today.
Robotic Spine Surgery Q & A
What is robotic spine surgery?
Robotic spine surgery is a state-of-the-art technology that enhances your surgeon’s existing skills. The robot doesn’t replace your surgeon and can’t act without direction – it’s a tool that the NJ Spine and Wellness team uses for greater accuracy and dexterity.
Robotic spine surgery involves the use of advanced imaging technology. Your surgeon prepares a pre-surgical plan using virtual images of your body from CT (computed tomography) scans, which create a detailed representation of your spine.
The scans, along with information about your bone quality and the intended outcome of your procedure, form the basis of your surgical plan. The plan goes into the robot’s computer, enabling your surgeon to visualize your anatomy more accurately while providing a template for the robot to use.
Robotic spine surgery is particularly useful for lower back pain conditions, scoliosis (abnormal sideways curvature of the spine), and complex revision surgery.
What are the benefits of robotic spine surgery?
As well as robotic spine surgery’s preoperative planning capabilities, it’s also the ultimate form of minimally invasive surgery, whose benefits include:
- Less tissue damage
- Reduced blood loss
- Lower risk of infection
- Less postoperative pain
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster healing
- Minimal scarring
The precision possible using robot-assisted spine surgery exceeds anything even the most skilled surgeons could achieve on their own.
Why would I need robotic spine surgery?
Your provider at NJ Spine and Wellness might suggest robotic spine surgery if you have a serious back problem that no other treatments can relieve.
For most people who have spinal conditions, conservative methods such as chiropractic, physical therapy, and medication are often effective in reducing pain and improving mobility.
For patients who are still in pain, NJ Spine and Wellness offers advanced treatments, including steroid injections, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal cord stimulation.
If your back pain persists despite a comprehensive treatment program, spine surgery might be the solution. The procedure takes place under a general anesthetic. Your surgeon uses the surgical plan to make the smallest possible incisions for the specialized instruments, using images from a live camera feed that they can see on the screen.
Not all patients are suitable candidates for robotic spine surgery, and they can’t perform every type of spinal surgery at present, but the technology’s uses are continually expanding.
To find out more about robotic spine surgery and how it could help you, call NJ Spine and Wellness today or book an appointment online.
NJ Spine and Wellness
Orthopedics located in Matawan, NJ & East Brunswick, NJ