'The next era of spine surgery': Robot expands into 20th US hospital

Alan Condon -  

Englewood (N.J.) Health is the first hospital in New Jersey and the 20th in the country to install Globus Medical's Excelsius Ecosystem, a robotic spinal imaging and navigation system combining the Excelsius 3D and ExcelsiusGPS, according to The Robot Report.

The Excelsius Ecosystem offers surgeons an all-in-one imaging capability to improve the accuracy and efficiency of spine surgeries. 

"This technology takes us to the next era of spine surgery," Kevin Yao, MD, chief of neurosurgery at Englewood Health, told the publication. "It facilitates more precise and more minimally invasive spine surgery, which will translate into shorter patient recoveries and better outcomes."

The robot can be used to assist surgeons in degenerative disc disease, fractures, scoliosis, spinal stenosis and spinal tumors, among other cases. The system is expected to expand to other areas of spine surgery in the future. 

ExcelsiusGPS generates real-time information of the patient's anatomy before and during procedures so surgeons can use robotic navigation to precisely place pedicle screws and rods. 

"Robot-assisted navigation can also help increase predictability of outcomes," said Asit Shah, MD, PhD, chief of orthopedic surgery at Englewood Health. "It is like a GPS for the spine, which gives surgeons a very precise way to choose exactly where to place surgical hardware, such as metal screws."

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