Robotic technology is changing the way surgeons perform surgical spine operations, and Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center is excited to be at the head of this new technology with the adoption of Excelsius GPSTM. Why are we so excited about robotic spine surgery? Because it offers many great benefits to our patients compared to conventional surgery. Here are the five major advantages of robotic spine surgery:
Greater precision means better patient outcomes
While some people may feel wary about putting their bodies in the hands of artificial intelligence, it’s important to understand that a robotic surgical system is actually a tool used by the surgeon. Surgeons use robotic systems like Excelsius GPSTM to improve the precision of their own highly-trained base of skills and knowledge.
Speedier recovery times for patients
Surgery recovery times vary based on a number of factors, ranging from the severity of your spinal condition to the type of procedure performed. Due to the highly precise and minimally invasive nature of robotic spine surgery, patients enjoy incredibly speedy recovery times with this type of procedure. Not only does this mean the patient can be in and out of the hospital in one day, but it also means the patient can resume their regular activities sooner than they would with conventional spinal surgery. After all, one of the major downsides of any surgery are all the days, weeks, or even months following the surgery during which you are out of commission. For spinal surgery patients, this may involve taking an extended leave of absence of work or taking a long break from the sports and activities. Thanks to robotic spine surgery recovery times, that interruption of a patient’s daily life is much less of an imposition.
Reduced damage to muscle tissue and less blood loss
Unlike conventional spinal surgery, robotic surgery allows surgeons to carefully separate muscle tissues without tearing directly through them. This means patients don’t spend their recovery period waiting for their body to knit their muscles back together. Plus, due to the small incisions and the way muscles are separated instead of torn through, there is significantly less blood loss when it comes to robotic spine surgery.
Small incisions mean smaller scars and less risk of infection
Another great advantage of robotic surgery is the small size of incisions. While surgeons without robotic assistance may need larger incisions to get the job done, robotic surgical systems, such as the Excelsius GPSTM robotic system, allow surgeons to make the smallest possible incisions. Excelsius accomplishes this using GPS technology to construct a “map” of your body to navigate during the surgical procedure, including where and how big to place the incision.
Less radiation exposure for both surgeons and patients
Due to their precision and efficiency, robotic surgical procedures can be performed quickly! This means that both surgeons and patients are exposed to much less radiation than conventional surgery.
At Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center, we are committed to providing the highest possible quality of care to our patients and optimizing our practices to always improve upon our patient outcomes. We’re proud to be the very first outpatient clinic in the Southeast to offer the Excelsius GPSTM robotic system as a surgical option. To learn more about whether robotic spine surgery is the right option for you, call Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center at 404-256-2633.