October 14, 2020

Safer scoliosis back surgery: What you need to know about spine robotics

Neck, Back and Spine

Scoliosis is a condition that affects your spine’s curve, and it can sometimes cause uneven shoulders, makes some clothes that hang too far to one side and creates possible breathing problems. You can fix this condition with scoliosis back surgery.

That is to say, someone with scoliosis has a “C” or an “S” shaped curve in their spine, while a normal spine is straight. If your spinal curve is 40 degrees or more, your condition may require back surgery.

Spine robotics is a revolutionary new technology used by OrthoIndy spine surgeons through smaller incisions, shorter scoliosis surgery recovery and better outcomes.

Keep reading to hear OrthoIndy spine surgeon, Dr. Greg Poulter, explain about how spine robotics is revolutionizing adult scoliosis back surgery.

What are the benefits of spine robotics for scoliosis back surgery?

Spine surgery is intimidating and, like any surgery, there are risks. With the new spine robotics technology, there are many benefits to surgery. Furthermore, spine robotics technology even addresses previous scoliosis back surgery techniques that weren’t offered.

Some of these include:

  • Less blood loss
  • Smaller incision
  • Shorter hospitalization
  • Less pain after scoliosis surgery
  • Better spine balance than any previous technique

“Before robotics, adult patients would often be in the hospital a week after scoliosis back surgery. Consequently, they would require pain medication for months, likely need a transfusion and have a high risk of complications,” Dr. Poulter said.

“Patients now go home in 2 to 4 days; their incisions are small with less blood loss, and they have much less pain.”

Can my scoliosis be treated with spine robotics?

Depending on the type and degree of curve in your spine, minimally invasive scoliosis back surgery may be an option. Regardless of the incision site size, spine robotics can be utilized for all scoliosis surgeries.

What is robotics-guided scoliosis back surgery?

Spine robotics combines pre-operative planning tools and analytics with intraoperative guidance, giving the spine surgeon advanced spinal surgery options.

In 2018, OrthoIndy was the first hospital in Indiana to use the Mazor X Robotics Guidance System for scoliosis back surgery. In short, our team continues to be ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest cutting-edge technologies in spine robotics to help our patients get better.

“I am not replaced as a surgeon by the Mazor X. I just use it as a tool to enhance my ability to safely and reliably perform surgery,” Dr. Poulter said.

“Simply put, robotics is revolutionizing adult scoliosis surgery, and we are at the forefront of this technology.”

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Your well-being is important to us. Call us at 317.802.2883 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists or request an appointment online.

If your injury or condition is recent, you can walk right into one of our OrthoIndy Urgent Care locations for immediate care. For rehabilitation and physical therapy, no referral is needed to see one of our physical therapists.

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