'A game of millimeters': A new surgical robot assists spine surgeons at Colorado hospital


Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Penrose-St. Francis Health Services installed Globus Medical's ExcelsiusGPS robot in July, The Gazette reported July 20.

"Spine surgery is a game of millimeters," Douglas Crowther, DO, told The Gazette. "If you have a screw that’s off just a couple of millimeters and touching a nerve or compressing a nerve, the patient could have chronic pain."

ExcelsiusGPS assists surgeons by providing scans of a patient's anatomy before surgery. It also lets surgeons eliminate the use of radiation imaging during procedures.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is reportedly the first hospital in southern Colorado to use the system.

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