Robotic Spine Surgery

Robotic Spine Surgery in New Jersey

Robotic Spine Surgery in New Jersey

Call the office of Dr. Grigory Goldberg to find out whether you’re a suitable candidate for robotic spine surgery today!

Your spine is a complex network of nerves, vertebrae, and discs. Even seemingly minor damage can have serious consequences, including pain and paralysis. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 17,000 people develop spinal cord injuries annually in the United States, largely due to motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries. 

Spinal conditions can be difficult to treat as they require an experienced surgeon to correctly place screws, bone grafts, or implants in the patient’s spine. Even a small misplacement can result in severe pain, restricted mobility, and negative quality of life changes for the patient. Robotic-assisted surgery aims to improve patient outcomes by enabling surgeons to operate precisely.

As an experienced spine surgeon in NJ, Dr. Grigory Goldberg uses the latest robotic technology to ensure patients get the best possible outcome from their spinal procedure. If you have a spinal issue that may need surgery, contact our office or visit us online to book your consultation today. 

What Is Robotic Spine Surgery?

Robotic spinal surgery is a state-of-the-art medical technology that assists surgeons during complicated surgical procedures. The initial stage of the surgery involves taking detailed CT scans of the spine, which are more accurate than traditional X-rays. 

The technology then combines the scans with information such as bone density and intended surgical outcomes to help the surgeon create a treatment plan. This gives the surgeon a clear visualization of the process and a template for the robot’s guidance system to use during the operation.

Robotic spine surgery does not replace the expertise of a skilled surgeon. Instead, it provides guidance, resulting in higher accuracyimproved clinical outcomes, and decreased recovery times for patients with spinal conditions. 

Conditions Treatable by Robotic Spine Surgery

Robotic surgery can improve the outcomes of many spinal surgical procedures, and spine surgeons use it to treat:

  • Scoliosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spinal stenosis 
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal decompression
  • Osteoarthritis

Benefits of Robotic Spine Surgery

Robotic spine surgery is a relatively new technology, but initial research already shows many benefits for patients and surgeons. According to a study of the first 54 patients who underwent robotic spine surgery, the surgeons placed screws in the correct position with 98.3% accuracy, and there were no reported adverse events, post-surgery complications, or returns for misplaced screws. 

Not only is the surgery more likely to be successful, but having a comprehensive surgical plan containing a detailed CT scan makes the surgical procedure less invasive than traditional spinal operations. This reduced invasiveness offers benefits, including the following: 

  • Lowered risk of post-surgery complications
  • Reduced exposure to X-rays for patients and staff
  • Lower operative time due to increased accuracy and fewer misplacements
  • Faster recovery time
  • Less physical trauma
  • Reduced scarring and less post-surgical care
  • Lower risk of infection

Types of Robotic Spine Surgery

Since robotic spine surgery is still a relatively new field, surgeons are still testing which surgeries benefit the most from robotic guidance. As the technology develops, it’s likely that the range of robotic spine surgeries will continue to grow. 

Spinal Fusion

Spinal fusion is a common treatment for chronic lower back pain, broken vertebrae, and spinal deformities or weaknesses. It involves using grafts to fuse one or more vertebrae, creating a solid, single bone. 

Traditional spinal fusion surgery requires a large incision to reveal the vertebrae, which results in a long post-operative recovery time and the potential for damage to surrounding bones and tissue. Robotic spinal surgery reduces the need for a large incision, lowering the risks associated with the surgery. 

Vertebroplasty

Vertebroplasty is a procedure that stabilizes spinal compression fractures by injecting synthetic bone cement into the fractured bone. It’s a minimally invasive procedure, but even experienced surgeons struggle with accurate needle placement. Robotic guidance improves the surgeon’s accuracy, reducing the risk of injecting the bone cement into the wrong place. 

Who Is a Good Candidate for Robotic Spine Surgery?

Most doctors recommend conservative methods for treating back pain and other spinal conditions, such as physiotherapy or medication, before proceeding with surgery. These treatments are effective at treating most mild and moderate spinal conditions without the risks associated with spinal surgery.

If these treatments do not improve your condition, your primary care physician or physiotherapist will note that traditional therapies aren’t working and refer you to a spine surgeon like Dr. Grigory Goldberg, who will determine whether robotic spine surgery or another minimally invasive procedure is the way to proceed. 

Robotic Spine Surgeon Near Me: Dr. Grigory Goldberg

Robotic Spine Surgeon Near Me: Dr. Grigory Goldberg

Robotic spine surgery can improve the outcomes of many spinal procedures, such as spine disc replacement, spinal fusion, and vertebroplasty. 

If you suffer from chronic back pain or have sustained a serious spinal injury, you may need the expertise of a qualified spine specialist. Dr. Grigory Goldberg is a qualified spine surgeon in New Jersey who values the impact technology has on surgical procedures. Contact our clinic today to discover if you are a suitable candidate for robotic spine surgery.

We accept most insurance plans, including workers’ compensation, no-fault, and PIP (personal injury protection), and in an emergency, same-day appointments may be available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is robotic spine surgery safe?

Robotic spine surgery is safer than traditional spinal surgery procedures, but it doesn’t completely remove the risk of spinal surgery. Your spine surgeon will outline the procedure and risks associated with your procedure during your consultation, helping you make an informed decision about your surgery. 

What is the approximate recovery time for robotic spine surgery?

The approximate recovery time for robotic spine surgery depends on the procedure you undergo. Studies show that robotic spine surgery tends to have a shorter recovery time than non-assisted surgery.

What is the success rate of robotic spine surgery?

The success rate of robotic spine surgery is higher than traditional surgery, thanks to higher accuracy rates and decreased operating times. The success rate of robotic-assisted surgery varies but is generally above 80%, according to research published in Robotic Surgery: Research and Reviews

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