The use of robotics in surgery is emerging across many disciplines and spine surgery is no exception.
Spine surgery is evolving at a lightning fast pace. The use of robotics in spine surgery utilizes navigation technologies to enable surgeons to place instrumentation or “hardware” in the spine accurately. Navigation by itself has been around for many years and has been helpful in decreasing the amount of radiation exposure from x-ray for patients and surgeons during surgery. However, robotic spine surgery is taking navigation to the next level and enhancing patient safety and improving efficiency. This means allowing surgeons to place instrumentation and take measurements with accuracy down to the millimeter in a minimally invasive manner. Additionally, robotic spine surgery decreases operating time without sacrificing safety.