Plenty of hospitals will use robots to perform complex procedures in the future. The Robotic Spine Surgery System at St. Francis Hospital allows surgeons to “perform minimally invasive spinal fusion surgeries at a rate of 98 percent implant placement accuracy.”
Here is how it works:
The robotic surgery system utilizes photos of the patient’s spine to develop a patient plan, including implant size and placement. With a patient plan in place, the robotic surgery system allows a surgeon to plan a pathway to the specific region of the patient’s spine in need of surgical intervention—similarly to a GPS. The surgeon then follows the path laid out to accurately place stabilizing screws with a minimally invasive approach.
This procedure has less impact to the patient’s surrounding tissue. You can find out more about it here.