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Spine Robot

Robotic-and navigation-assisted back and neck surgery, right here in Wisconsin!

doctor holding a model of a human spine sitting in front of a patient

Chronic back and neck pain isn’t something anyone should suffer from. HSHS St. Vincent Hospital is proud to be the first in Wisconsin to offer robotic- and navigation-assisted spine surgery for chronic back and neck pain and complex trauma spine surgeries. With the help from the spine surgeons and this new, minimally invasive procedure, we can help you get your life back.

Benefits include:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Smaller incision
  • Reduced radiation exposure
  • Increased precision
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery


How does it work?

The spine robot is designed to improve accuracy and optimize patient care by using robotics and navigation, much like a GPS in your car.

 On the day of surgery, medical images are taken and imported into the machine. The surgeon uses these images to determine the size and placement of implants and creates a patient plan based on the anatomy. This is used to guide the rigid robotic arm to a specific region of your spine, similar to a planned route or pathway on a GPS. The surgeon uses this pathway or route to accurately place the implants using instruments.

 Throughout the procedure, the surgical instruments and implants are continuously displayed on the screen for the surgeon and staff to monitor. This display allows the surgeon to view live feedback during the procedure for more precise implant placement.