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Robotic Surgery

Ann Arbor Spine Care uses the most advanced robotic spine surgery technology during many of its spine surgeries. The Globus ExcelsiusGPS® is a robotic navigation device that enables the spine surgeon to perform spine surgery through a minimally invasive approach. The robotic spine surgery technology is designed to enhance safety and improve the clinical outcome from spine surgery.

The robotic spine surgery technology is used in spine surgeries that involve the precise positioning of posterior screws and other implants. During surgery diagnostic images are imported into the robot system and then used by the spine surgeon to determine the optimal size and placement of screws based on the patient's anatomy. The system guides the rigid robotic arm to a specific region of the spine, much like a pathway on a GPS. The surgeon then uses this route to accurately place the screws for fixation. Throughout the spine surgery, the surgical instruments and implants are continuously displayed on a TV monitor.

What are the benefits of robotic spine surgery?

The benefits of robotic spine surgery technology include:

  • Fewer complications
  • Fewer infections
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Reduced pain and discomfort after surgery
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster and less painful recovery

Surgical applications for robotics first emerged in the 1980s, with the adaptation and subsequent adoption of industrial robots. In 2001, Mazor Robotics launched the first surgical robot specifically targeting applications in spinal surgery. Mazor Robotics and Excelsius GPS are the two main spine surgery robots on the market. The goal with both robotic spine systems is to assist the spine surgeon with spinal fusions by placing screws more quickly and more accurately.


Home Remedy Book

Our educational Internet site is an online encyclopedia on spine care. Patients visiting our spine center in Ann Arbor receive a free 36-page Home Remedy Book that has symptom charts and customized stretches that relieve pain.

Dr. Brodkey performing surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Ann Arbor Spine Care surgeons use state of the art minimally invasive techniques and instrumentation to help patients recover in a shorter period of time and allow for a quicker return home.