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

Megan Wood -   Print  |

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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