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Robotic-assisted Spine Surgery
Is your chronic back or neck pain no longer responding to physical therapy or injections? CHI Franciscan’s St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way was the first hospital in the South Puget Sound to offer minimally invasive, robotic-assisted spine surgery. Many of these advanced techniques for back surgery are now available at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. St. Joseph Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital have earned national recognition with Blue Distinction® Center for Spine Surgery status for their expertise in delivering hospital specialty care, safely and effectively.
What is robotic-assisted spine surgery? How does it work?
Robotic-assisted surgical techniques help surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery. Using advanced imaging, our surgeons plan and perform spine surgery with real-time visual guidance. The surgeon manipulates a robotic arm that follows a patient’s unique, anatomy-based plan. The system provides continuous feedback during surgery to support the utmost accuracy.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery?
Benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery can include:
- Smaller incisions for less blood loss and less scarring
- Lower risk of infection and other complications
- Faster recovery
- Reduced surgery time with less time under anesthesia
- Preserved muscle tissue, as surgeons can separate, rather than cut through, muscles along the spine
Who is a candidate for robotic-assisted back surgery?
Not everyone is a good candidate for this new procedure. If your provider determines conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and epidural pain injections, are no longer effective, back surgery may be considered. Your provider will take into account your overall health and other factors, and explain potential risks and benefits of surgery. No surgery is without risk, and individual results vary. Ask your provider if a surgical consultation might be right for you.
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