What Conditions Can Be Treated with Robotic Spine Surgery?

Robotic spine surgery uses advanced techniques to treat painful and debilitating spine conditions and offers many benefits over traditional open spine surgery.

As an experienced spine surgeon, Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS, has extensive training in the latest advancements in robotic spine surgery technology. At The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care, Dr. Bo offers this treatment when conservative therapies aren’t enough to improve your quality of life.

How robotic surgery works

Robotic spine surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that requires only small incisions in the treatment area.

Through these small incisions, Dr. Bo is able to insert specialized surgical instruments that are attached to a robotic arm. He is able to control this arm with a high level of precision using a computer-assisted console.

The technology also features a high-definition camera that sends clear images of the surgical site to an external monitor that Dr. Bo watches during your surgery. He gets a close-up look at the area where he’s operating, so he can make repairs with a high level of accuracy.

Using the robotic arm, Dr. Bo can remove damaged tissue and nerves, reposition misaligned vertebrae, and remove excess scar tissue that’s contributing to your pain.

Conditions that can be treated with robotic spine surgery

Robotic spine surgery is typically a last-resort treatment option for spine conditions that limit your mobility or cause chronic neck pain and back pain. Some of the conditions Dr. Bo might treat with robotic surgery techniques include:

These conditions can result from falls, sports participation, or car accidents. You might also develop painful spinal damage because of age-related spine changes and degenerative diseases like arthritis.

Qualifying for robotic spine surgery

To determine if you’re a candidate for surgery, Dr. Bo performs a comprehensive physical exam and offers in-office imaging tests like X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans.

He also reviews your medical history to ensure you’re healthy enough for surgery and can tolerate general anesthesia.

Before your surgery, Dr. Bo personalizes a 3D surgical plan that addresses your unique health needs. He also provides guidance that helps you prepare for surgery.

The benefits robotic spine surgery over traditional open surgery

Because robotic spine surgery only requires small incisions, you can expect to heal faster than you might with longer, deeper incisions.

Less trauma to your body not only helps you heal faster and more efficiently, you’ll have less pain and less risk for infections and other post-surgical complications.

As robotic spine surgery offers a shorter recovery time, you can also expect to start physical therapy sooner. Physical therapy helps you regain your spine strength and flexibility, so you can get back to your normal routine without risking additional injury.

If you’ve been putting off spine surgery because you’re worried about a long recovery time or post-surgical limitations, Dr. Bo can discuss your options for conservative therapies as well as minimally invasive robotic spine surgery during your initial consultation.

Stop living with chronic neck and back pain by calling The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care office nearest you or by booking a consultation online today. 

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