Robotic Spine Surgery Advantages

Traditional spine surgery involves accessing the spine by placing a long incision through the back muscles. With robotic spine surgery, rather than cutting through the muscles, the spinal surgeon can separate the muscles, with less damage to the tissues, for faster healing in most cases. The incisions are much smaller than were required in traditional spine surgery.

How does robotic spine surgery work?

The use of advanced technology in spine surgery starts with 3D imaging of the area to be treated. The technology works by outlining the ideal pathway for the placement of screws or implants when necessary. In the surgery itself, the robotic arms enhance the surgeon’s skills. The computer mapping of the individual’s unique anatomy allows the rigid robotic arm to be guided through the mapped pathway, with the surgeon viewing the area in real-time on a monitor. This approach requires much shorter incisions and minimal damage and trauma to surrounding tissue.

What can robotic spine surgery treat?

Several spinal conditions and disorders can be treated very successfully with robot-assisted surgery. These include:

  • Degenerative spine disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal tumors
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Osteoporosis compression fractures
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal fractures
  • Traumatic spine injuries
  • Spondylolisthesis

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Benefits of robotic spine surgery

The benefits of treating a spinal condition or disorder with robotic spine surgery include:

  • Minimized risk of infection
  • Less pain and discomfort
  • Less blood loss during surgery
  • Faster healing
  • Shorter time in the hospital
  • Faster return to usual activities

What is the treatment experience with robotic spine surgery at Hunt Spine?

Dr. Leonel Hunt is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon who has gained a reputation as a leader in his field. He serves as an attending surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center and Cedars-Sinai Orthopedic Center. When under his care, your journey to relief from pain and discomfort will be managed by a compassionate team of medical professionals who are committed to ensuring the experience is positive, comfortable, and effective. You will be treated with warmth, compassion, and the highest level of care from start to finish.

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The first step involves medical images of the area to be treated to identify the ideal pathway for robotic surgery. The pathway mapping allows the incisions to be shorter and, in many cases, will not require the use of general anesthesia, shortening discomfort, risk, and recovery time. For “awake surgery,” a specialized anesthetic is injected into the muscles of the back, which provides relief from pain for about three days. Intravenous sedation is administered, with the patient in “twilight sleep,” feeling calm and relaxed throughout the surgery.

The intravenous sedation leaves the system quickly. Patients no longer need to go through several days of recovery from general anesthesia or need a ventilator or breathing tube, further reducing risk and shortening recovery time. The duration of the surgery will vary, based on the condition or disorder being treated, typically lasting between one and three hours. In many cases, this surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, with no hospital stay needed.

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Why choose Hunt Spine for robotic spine surgery?

If you need spinal surgery, you want to ensure you are under the care of a board-certified specialist with extensive experience in treating the condition or disorder. Dr. Leonel Hunt is a leader in the field of spine surgery, and his brother, Dr. Gabriel Hunt, is a Los Angeles neurosurgeon. They often treat patients who travel to Los Angeles from Asia and the Middle East and offer virtual consultations for patients in other regions. Hunt Spine accepts all major PPO insurances, some HMO insurance, and Medicare. Hunt Spine treats patients of all ages, from children to older adults, and welcomes patients from all walks of life.

At Hunt Spine, you are what matters most. It is our duty to improve your quality of life by treating back and spine conditions, this is a duty we do not take lightly and it shows in our unique one-on-one consultation. In this consultation, we take as much time as needed to insure we plan out a specialized treatment that will yield optimal results.

Another important factor is you, the patient are fully educated on your condition and its treatment options. You will leave the consultation with a firm understanding and a treatment goal in mind. Dr. Leonel Hunt and Dr. Gabriel Hunt are dedicated to improving your quality of life. Contact us today to learn more, and schedule a consultation with some of the best spine specialists Los Angeles has to offer.

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