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New Robotic Surgical System Aids in Neurologic Surgeries

July 12, 2023 

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HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital continues to enhance and modernize its surgical services department by installing the ExcelsiusGPS™ with Excelsius3D. This neurologic robotic navigation platform is designed to improve safety and accuracy during neurologic procedures.

“This is a momentous addition to our current surgical offerings that shows our ongoing investment in how we continue to bring advanced, high-quality care to the community,” said Theresa Rutherford, president and CEO of HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital. “We are so excited to put this cutting-edge technology in the hands of a world-class surgeon like Dr. Rahman to better serve the people of central Illinois.”

St. Mary’s is the only hospital outside of Chicago and St. Louis in the bi-state region to offer robotic-assisted neurologic surgery with the ExcelsiusGPS™ and the first in Illinois to use Excelsius3D, a 3-in-1 imaging platform that utilizes CT, fluoroscopy and digital radiography to expertly adapt to all stages of the procedure.

This robotic navigation platform is the world’s first technology to combine a rigid robotic arm and full navigation capabilities into one adaptable platform for accurate trajectory alignment during cranial and spinal surgeries.

“This state-of-the-art technology is one of the most innovative technologies in the field of robotic neurologic surgery,” said Dr. Mohammed Rahman, a neurosurgeon with HSHS Medical Group. “The incorporation of robotic spinal and cranial surgery offers improved precision, which means shorter surgical procedures and a better, quicker recovery for patients.”

The minimally invasive surgical technique aided by the ExcelsiusGPS™ provides several benefits over traditional neurologic surgery. Thanks to the navigation-guided incisions, surgeries result in less tissue damage, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery and smaller scars. The equipment can be used for procedures such as neck and lower back surgery, scoliosis correction, fracture repairs and others.

The first surgeries at St. Mary’s Hospital using the ExcelsiusGPS™ were completed in early June.
To see if robotic-assisted spinal surgery is right for you, speak with your primary care provider and ask for a referral or call HSHS Medical Group Neurosurgery-Decatur at 217-329-1000.
New Robotic Surgical System Aids in Neurologic Surgeries