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Robotic Spine Surgery Specialist

Subach Spinal Solutions

Spine Surgeons & Back Pain Doctor located in Arlington, VA

Robotic spine surgery may conjure images of robots taking the place of your trusted surgeon, but that’s not what robotic spine surgery is about. At Subach Spinal Solutions in Arlington, Virginia, Brian Subach, MD, FACS, Diana DeWolfe, PA-C, MPAS, and the team specialize in robotic-assisted spine surgery using the cutting-edge Mazor system. With Mazor’s stealth navigation, Dr. Subach performs more precise surgery using detailed imaging and robotic guidance. To learn more about robotic spine surgery, call the office or book an appointment online.

Robotic Spine Surgery Q & A

What is robotic spine surgery?

Though everyone calls it robotic surgery, it’s more accurate to call this procedure robotic-assisted or robotic-guided spine surgery. Your surgeon at Subach Spinal Solutions plans, performs, and controls the procedure while the robotic system assists with advanced tools and visualization that ensure more precise surgery.

What conditions can robotic spine surgery treat?

The Mazor robotic system is used to improve visualization of the spine and surgical site during minimally invasive procedures and open surgery. Not every individual or procedure is a good fit for the Mazor robotic system, but it can be used during surgery to treat many spine conditions, including:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Compression fractures
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Traumatic spine injuries

No matter what condition you have, the Mazor system can improve the safety and outcome of your surgery.

How does robotic spine surgery improve my procedure?

One advantage of using state-of-the-art robotic technology to assist in spinal surgery is that it supports customized planning. Before your surgery, the Mazor system provides detailed 3D images of your spine, allowing your surgeon at Subach Spinal Solutions to visualize how your surgery will proceed.

With pre-operative planning, the surgical area is precisely mapped. Your surgeon at Subach Spinal Solutions determines where to make incisions and insert instruments, resulting in smaller incisions. Additionally, the system allows your surgeon to virtually perform the surgery using advanced software, identifying any potential problems that could arise during your real surgery.

During surgery, the Mazor robot system provides real-time guidance, or stealth navigation, giving your surgeon the ability to navigate with exceptional accuracy. Using the map of your spinal anatomy, a robotic arm that tracks your precise anatomy, and navigational guidance during surgery, the Mazor guides every step of your surgery. 

The Mazor robotic system tracks the position of instruments during surgery, compares them to the 3D image of your anatomy, and ensures your surgeon precisely positions both the instruments and devices, such as plates and screws.

What risks are associated with robotic spine surgery?

The only risks associated with robotic spine surgery are the same ones you face with every other type of spine surgery. All surgeries pose a risk of developing an infection, unexpected blood loss during surgery, complications from anesthesia, and blood clots after surgery. 

If you face spine surgery in the future and you’d like to learn if you’re a good candidate for a robotic procedure, call Subach Spinal Solutions or book an appointment online.