“In our first review of my patients who had robotic-assisted spine surgery, I was delighted and somewhat surprised to see the amount of improvement with this technology for surgery,” said Dr. Poulter.
Dr. Poulter compared the first group of patients who had robotic-assisted spine fusions to a similar group of patients who had surgery just six months prior to the arrival of the robot.
“Looking at early surgical outcomes, the difference was more than I had anticipated. When normalized for the number of levels of the spine treated, I found a 63.8 percent decrease in blood loss and a 40.5 percent decrease in time spent in the hospital,” said Dr. Poulter. “ The comparison group also had minimally invasive techniques that had utilized advanced navigation and I did not anticipate that we would be able to see this much of an improvement.”
Benefits of the Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance System
With the assistance of robotics, Dr. Poulter is able to plan surgeries precisely and operate through small incisions that minimizes the trauma to the tissues around the spine. The decrease in blood loss is an indicator of the reduced tissue injury that is occurring.
The amount of time patients stay in the hospital is often related to the amount of discomfort they experience after surgery. “The reductions we are seeing in hospital stays supports our observation that patients are having less pain after their surgeries,” said Dr. Poulter.
The unique capabilities of robotics for spine surgery has changed how Dr. Poulter plans for and performs spine fusion surgery. The ability to remain precise and safe despite small incisions is allowing Dr. Poulter to perform larger and more complex procedures through an entirely new minimally invasive approach. The benefits of robotics are present for all the types of fusions, but the greatest improvement is for scoliosis patients.
“This technology has exceeded my expectations and I believe that it offers a real benefit to my patients. I am looking forward to staying on the forefront with robotics as it has significant potential to develop beyond its current offerings,” said Dr. Poulter.
Learn more about why you should consider back surgery with a spine robotics system. To make an appointment with Dr. Poulter please call 317.802.2424 or request an appointment online.
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