Surgeons at The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital were the first in Illinois and the tri-state area to use robotic spine surgery with navigation to perform delicate spinal surgery with the utmost precision.
NEW Robotic Spine Surgery with Navigation
A new surgical tool combined with experienced spinal surgeons can significantly improve life for patients who have been debilitated by back pain. In July 2018, the Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital became the first hospital in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky to use navigational robotic spine surgery for patients who need a spinal fusion.
Positioned next to the surgeon, the Globus ExcelsiusGPS™ robot’s arm orients the surgeon and pinpoints the exact position to place needed spinal screws. The robot and surgeon then work together – the surgeon operating the instruments, and the robot guiding the direction, depth and angle of the surgeon’s hands. Real-time 3D imaging for enhanced navigation and robotic guidance for bone screw placements ensures maximum precision.
Who can benefit from this new surgical robotic system?
People who need a lumbar, thoracic or cervical spinal fusion can benefit from this minimally invasive, robotic-assisted procedure. It can also help people with spinal instability due to scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, fractures and other conditions.
The new robotic system seamlessly integrates X-rays taken throughout the surgery with CT scans obtained beforehand. The surgeon uses these images to determine the size and placement of implants and creates a plan based on the patient’s unique anatomy. This is used to guide the robotic arm to a specific region of the spine, similar to a planned route or pathway on a GPS. The surgeon uses this pathway to accurately place the implants using instruments.
Throughout the procedure, the surgical instruments and implants are continuously displayed on the screen for the surgeon and staff to monitor, allowing the surgeon to view live feedback for the most precise implant placement.
There are several benefits to choosing minimally invasive robotic spine surgery with GPS navigation, including:
To be affiliated with the Midwest Institute of Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, physicians must meet rigorous criteria and demonstrate excellent outcomes and high patient satisfaction. For more information or to schedule an appointment for a consultation, click on the surgeon’s photo.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois has designated Silver Cross Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery.
About Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting eight out of 10 people at some point during their lives. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to several weeks. Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months.
Most back pain goes away on its own, though it may take a while. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and resting can help. If your back pain is severe or doesn’t improve after three days, you should call your healthcare provider. You should also get medical attention if you have back pain following an injury.
Treatment for back pain depends on what kind of pain you have, and what is causing it. It may include hot or cold packs, exercise, medicines, injections, complementary treatments, and sometimes surgery.
Anyone can have back pain, but some things that increase your risk are:
What Causes Back Pain?
There are many causes of back pain. These include:
Mechanical problems such as:
Some medical conditions and diseases, such as:
Treatment for back pain generally depends on how long your pain lasts:
Chronic (long-term) back pain is typically treated with nonsurgical options before surgery is recommended, including: