New robotic software used at Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center for first time

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Neurosurgeon Raymond Walkup, MD, performed Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery's first surgery with the Globus Spine 1.1 Interbody Solutions System on Oct. 8.

The Sandy Springs, Ga.-based practice integrated the software, designed to improve outcomes and operating room efficiency, into its ExcelsiusGPS robot, which was acquired in 2018..

"Disc preparation for the fusion always creates some risk of endplate damage, but this software is a game-changer for that," Dr. Walkup said. "It also cuts down on surgery time and reduces radiation exposure even further."

The system enables surgeons to navigate cages into the intervertebral space and accurately place screws for the fusion construct, according to the company. 

By mapping out the path of the cage, the technology reduces the risk of root injury, which is the most delicate part of the case, according to Dr. Walkup. "Being able to optimize the location of the cage for each patient also improves healing and increases fusion rates The more ideal the placement of the fusion cage, the more quickly and solidly the bone will grow."

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