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Johns Hopkins surgeons perform 1st spine surgery with Dr. Nicholas Theodore's robot: 5 insights Featured

By  Megan Wood | Tuesday, 10 October 2017 18:35
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Baltimore-based The Johns Hopkins Hospital leveraged the Excelsius robot, a real-time, image-guided robot for a spine surgery.

Here are five insights:

 

1. The robot, invented by Nicholas Theodore, MD, inserted screws into a patient's spine.

 

2. Dr. Theodore invented the technology before joining Johns Hopkins as a neurosurgery professor and director of the Neurosurgical Spine Center. He has a financial interest in the Excelsius robot.

 

3. He created the robot to enhance screw placement by automating accuracy and precision.

 

4. This robot combines a CT scan of the patient with the actual patient so a surgeon can determine the exact point a robot should place the screw on the CT scan.

 

5. Dr. Theodore said the robot may eventually be used for non-spine procedures as well.

 

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