Scoliosis is a condition that affects your spine’s curve. Someone with scoliosis has a “C” or an “S” shaped curve in their spine, while a normal spine is straight. This curve can cause uneven shoulders, clothes that hang too far to one side and possible breathing problems.
If your spinal curve is 40 degrees or more, your scoliosis may require spine surgery. Spine robotics is a revolutionary new technology used by OrthoIndy spine surgeons through smaller incisions, shorter scoliosis surgery recovery and better outcomes.
OrthoIndy spine surgeon, Dr. Greg Poulter shares how spine robotics is revolutionizing adult scoliosis surgery.
What are the benefits of spine robotics for scoliosis surgery?
Spine surgery is intimidating and like any surgery, comes with risks. With the new spine robotics technology, there are many benefits to surgery. Spine robotics technology even addresses previous scoliosis 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 scoliosis patients would often be in the hospital a week, 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 surgery may be an option. Regardless of the incision site size, spine robotics can be utilized for all scoliosis surgeries.
What is spine robotics?
Spine robotics combines pre-operative planning tools and analytics with intraoperative guidance, giving The spine surgeon advanced spinal surgery options.
OrthoIndy was the first hospital in Indiana to use the Mazor X Robotics Guidance System for back surgery in 2018 and continues to be ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest technology in spine robotics.
“The Mazor X is a tool that does not replace me as a surgeon but rather enhances 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.”
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Poulter, please call 317.802.2424 or learn more about OrthoIndy Spine and Dr. Poulter.
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