ROBOTIC-ASSISTED SPINAL SURGERY

 

Robotics-Assisted Surgeon has transformed moderen Interventional Medicine and offered a truly remarkable delivery methodology for minimally invasive techniques.  Many surgeons like to describe their surgeries as minimally invasive, but if their practice does not employ a spinal robot, there likely exists little credibility to this claim.

Much like the GPS on your vehicle, the robots offer fractions of a millimeter precision measurements of where and how surgeons should make key surgical maneuvers – both reducing patient infections and limiting exposure. During precise surgeries such as Spinal Fusions or Foraminotomies, this may also quicken recovery time as compared to conventional surgery.

Longhorn Brain and Spine offers the most up to date, cutting edge robots-assisted procedures.  Come see some of the most common questions and concerns that patients have about this state of the art new innovation.

Does the Robot Actually Perform the Surgery?

Simply put, no.

Even though the robotic assists, the Neurosurgeon always stays in complete control of the surgery and tells the robot exactly when to engage services and to what degree.  In most instances, the robot assists the surgeon in measuring microscope variations in angles, rotations, bends, and turns to give a perfectly exact precision for the cuts and placements.  In doing so, the surgery can reduce blood loss, unnecessary scarring, and reduce post-surgical infections.

What sorts of questions should you ask your neurosurgeon prior to doing a Robotics-Assisted Spinal Surgery?

Without question, patients should inquire about the surgeon’s comfort level and experience with the Robot that he/she will utilize.  Our very own Dr. Grant Booher, not only specializes in Robotics Surgery but has performed so many that publications have accepted his work on the matter.  Throughout his fellowship, Dr. Booher focused on this new cutting-edge approach and has now garnered the reputation amongst his peers as the leading North Texas Authority.

How long does it take to recover from robotic surgery?

Robotics-assisted surgery does not offer a panacea to all patients.  Traditional invasive surgery can require several days (sometimes a week) of hospitalization and recovery time can last considerably longer, even several months. While every case is unique, the return to normal, with proper instruction and compliance to physician-requested protocols, patients should expect everyday activities (except for lifting heavy objects and strenuous exercise) following robotic-assisted surgery to occur in as little as two to three weeks.

 

If you would like to meet with Dr. Booher about Robotic-Assisted Surgery in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, please contact him by filling out a contact form here.