Spine surgeon began using robot 1 year ago; now uses it in half of cases


Providence-based Ortho Rhode Island's Ian Madom, MD, started using the ExcelsiusGPS spine robot more than one year ago and now uses the technology in about half of his surgeries, The Independent reported Jan. 14.

Costing about $1 million, the Globus Medical robot is designed to assist surgeons with the placement of pedicle screws around the spinal cord. Robotic spine surgery has demonstrated an ability to reduce soft tissue disruption, decrease OR times and shorten length of stay at hospitals.

"The healthcare economics are so drastic there because now we're keeping people in the hospital fewer days, which means fewer potential complications from the hospital stay," he told The Independent.

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