Minimally Invasive Robotic Spine Surgery: How the Future of Surgery has Arrived…

Minimally Invasive Robotic Spine Surgery: How the Future of Surgery has Arrived…

The future of minimally invasive robotic spine surgery has arrived. In recent years, technological advances in endoscpes, cameras and medical robotics have elevated the science of spine surgery to an art. As a result, patients reap the rewards of less pain, reduction in incision size and less chance of complications than with traditional open surgical methods. They also enjoy a faster recovery and return to normal activities.

Minimally Invasive Robotic Spine Surgery

Dr. Badlani utilized miminally invasive robotic surgery techniques on Ellis Wyms, retired NFL defensive lineman and Super Bowl XXXVII Champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "Thanks to Dr. Neil Badlani for fixing my back. I am still in recovery mode but my pain is nothing like it was before my surgery. I thank God for the miracles of modern medicine. He did a fantastic job and kept me and my wife totally informed throughout the whole process. I can hangout with my kids again and I will forever be grateful for that. I had the best recovery room in the city and his staff was amazing. He is a great young doctor!" Far and above, Dr. Neil Badlani is one of the best spine surgeons in Houston.

The Future of Surgery is Here

Procedures which used to require lengthy surgeries and long recuperation times are now done using small endoscopic instruments, electro thermal energy, tiny cameras, and incisions that are not longer than one half of an inch. The use of computer technology is also playing a growing role in this field, helping surgeons perfect minimally invasive robotic spine surgery techniques.

Amazingly, robotics in this type of surgery began in the military. On the battlefield, conditions often required surgeons to operate in harsh, remote areas. Now, these cutting edge surgical techniques have developed into the concept of enhancing the ability of surgeons to perform intricate operations in the safest and most effective way possible.

With these types of surgery, the doctor guides a robotic arm from an area within or next to the operating room. Using a monitor to view a magnified image of the surgical site, he “virtually” performs the surgery, while the robotic arm mimics the hand movements with striking precision. Even the tiniest tremor of the surgeon’s hands is eliminated, providing accuracy that was not possible before these cutting edge surgical techniques were developed. The high powered microscope provides elevated visual accuracy. While these robots are able to provide superior accuracy, mastering of these techniques requires intense training and practice on the part of the surgeon.

Further technical advances are voice activated robotic arms which hold the camera and endoscopic instruments during a procedure, completely taking fatigue of the doctor out of the equation. During a surgery which is several hours long, the robot is commanded by the surgeon’s voice, working more tirelessly and with more stability than humanly possible.

This “Voice Activated Operating Room” enables surgeons to give pre-programmed instructions like lowering the operating table, contacting outside sources if consultation is needed, and controlling power. Upcoming breakthroughs allow diagnostics like MRI and CAT scans to be displayed in the operating room for the surgeon to view during the operation.

Dr. Neil Badlani, Best Spine Surgeon in Houston

Every one of Dr. Badlani’s patients gets the same impeccable care and expertise that any NFL player would receive. Dr. Badlani’s skill takes the art of minimally invasive robotic spine surgery to the highest level. If you are suffering from a spine condition that requires surgical intervention, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Badlani’s office for a consultation.