October 14, 2020

Safer scoliosis back surgery with spine robotics

Neck, Back and Spine


Scoliosis is a condition that affects your spine’s curve, and it can sometimes cause uneven shoulders, make clothes hang to one side or even create breathing problems. Fortunately, 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 back surgery recovery and better outcomes.

Keep reading to hear OrthoIndy spine surgeon Dr. Greg Poulter explain how spine robotics revolutionizes adult surgical treatment for scoliosis.

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 some spine surgeons didn’t offer.

Some of these benefits include:

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

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

“Patients now go home in two to four days. Their incisions are small with less blood loss, and they have much less pain.”

See what to expect during the diagnosis and treatment process when you see a doctor for back pain.

Can my scoliosis be treated with spine robotics?

Depending on the type and degree of your spine curvature, minimally invasive scoliosis back surgery may be an option. Regardless of the incision site size, spine surgeons can utilize advanced robotic technologies for all scoliosis surgeries.

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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.

“As a spine surgeon, I’m not replaced by the Mazor X during a procedure. I just use it as a tool to enhance my ability to safely and reliably perform scoliosis back surgery.”—Dr. Poulter

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

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Contributed By Greg Poulter, MD

Dr. Greg Poulter is a spine surgeon at OrthoIndy who specializes in treating back pain and spine conditions through a variety of means, including minimally invasive techniques using the Mazor X robotic guidance system.

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