Illinois hospital becomes 1st in area to use robotic system for spine surgery: 5 things to know

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New Lenox, Ill.-based Silver Cross Hospital Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery is the first hospital in the surrounding area to install a robotic surgery system for spine surgery, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Here are five things to know:

1. The hospital adopted Globus Medical's ExcelsiusGPS robotic system. Chintan Sampat, MD, performed the first robotic surgery at the hospital.

2. Prior to surgery, patient X-rays or CT images are imputed into the robotic system to create a map of the patient's anatomy. Real-time, 3D images act as intraoperative guides to assist the surgeon controlling the robotic arm.

3. The robotic arm is designed to locate the exact position to place spinal screws. Surgical instruments and implants can also be seen on a large monitor for staff and the surgeon to view.

4. The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery performs more robotic-assisted surgeries than any other program throughout the Chicago area.

5. Along with the ExcelsiusGPS, the hospital also utilizes Intuitive Surgical's da Vinic XI and Stryker's Mako robotic arm.

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