For the first time ever in Canada, a robotic arm helped surgeons perform spinal surgery at the QEII Sciences Centre. With a few small, precise movements, Canadian medical history was made last week in Halifax. The robotic arm was used to place titanium screws and rods in three vertebrae.
The surgery is to relieve pressure on nerves that were causing pain, said Dr. Sean Christie. Christie explained the procedure is still possible without the robotic arm, but it allows the surgery to be much faster and more precise. It could also mean less impact on healthy tissues and quicker recovery time.
Christie said “If you’re trying to put a three- or five-milimetre screw into a trajectory and if you jst move your hand that little bit, you can change the degree or angle,… You want to have that accuracy and this enhances that substantially.”
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