Robotic arm helps with spinal surgical procedure for the primary time in Canada

With a couple of small, exact actions, Canadian medical historical past was made final week in Halifax as the primary spinal robotic surgical procedure was carried out on the QEII Well being Sciences Middle.

A robotic arm was used to connect titanium screws and rods to the three vertebrae. Neurosurgeon Dr. Sean Christie, who carried out the surgical procedure, mentioned the surgical procedure lowered stress on the nerves inflicting ache.

Christie mentioned the process would nonetheless be doable with no robotic arm, however it permits the surgical procedure to be faster and extra exact. It could actually additionally imply much less ache for sufferers, much less influence on wholesome tissue, and faster restoration time.

“In case you’re attempting to screw a 3 or 5 millimeter right into a trajectory and when you transfer your hand a little bit bit, you may change the diploma or angle,” Christie mentioned. “You need to get that accuracy and it provides as much as a fantastic deal.”

Christie mentioned the surgical group was very excited within the days earlier than the operation and was glad with the way it went.

Dr. Shawn Christie is a neurosurgeon who carried out spinal surgical procedure with the assistance of a robotic arm. (Mark Crosby/CBC)

“The affected person was additionally very enthusiastic about it and was the primary to do it,” Christie mentioned.

Christie mentioned she spoke to the affected person on Wednesday morning and her ache was gone. He mentioned he’s excited to begin rehab and get stronger.

Christie mentioned spinal wire damage is one other space the QEII group is concerned about researching.

Susan Mullin, president and CEO of the QEII Basis, says robotic spinal surgical procedure will present Nova Scotians that the province has modern care. (Mark Crosby/CBC)

“One of many essential issues for spinal accidents is to take the stress off the backbone. So the ideas and purposes are similar to what we’re at the moment utilizing robots for. So I feel it is time to begin utilizing it. This method is a really small step on accidents like this.”

The $3 million initiative is funded solely by donors by the QEII Basis. It’s hoped that the robotic arm may convey extra advantages to Nova Scotia’s well being care system by taking folks off future ready lists.

Christie mentioned that after a standard spinal operation, extra stress will be added to different elements of the backbone and which means numerous folks will want one other surgical procedure sooner or later.

“Early stories, and what we’re actually hoping with this expertise is that we will scale back folks coming again by greater than 50 %.”

For now, Christie’s says they need to get extra folks by the working room with a robotic arm.

“spinal wire” [surgical] “The robotic is actually going to assist us show to the general public the truth that we have now pioneering care on the QEII Well being Sciences Middle in Halifax,” mentioned Susan Mullin, President and CEO of the QEII Basis.

Spinal robotic surgical procedure is one other in a sequence of robot-assisted surgical procedures being utilized by Nova Scotia Well being since 2019.

Mullin mentioned he additionally hopes the brand new expertise and rising robotics group will assist appeal to docs to the province.

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