Leading Edge of Spinal Surgery: How Far Medical Science and Technology Have Come
It’s truly amazing and uplifting to see how far medical science & technology, standing upon the broad shoulders of human ingenuity and tenacity, have come. Images below: Robotic spinal surgery helping people overcome their suffering via tiny incisions, i.e., minimal surgical trauma.
This patient of mine (whose images are shown here with his permission and whose quoted words appeared publicly), suffered from chronic low back pain and worsening leg symptoms. He underwent Mazor robot-assisted minimally invasive internal fixation for the mechanical instability/slip at L4/5 (yellow lines, red arrow), and surgical decompression of the severe stenosis at L3/4 (green circle). The surgery was planned and carried out with real-time monitoring of his leg motor and sensory nerve function, and through small incisions. He wrote that “having the surgery was the best decision I could have made…I am over the moon with the outcome“. These are the outcomes we aim and strive to achieve through carefully tailored surgical options for our patients.