Chronic back pain can get you down, physically and mentally. It can hinder your ability to work and enjoy weekend activities. If you’ve tried other treatment options and your back pain persists, it might be time to consider a different approach. At the Hilton Head Hospital Spine Center, our dedicated spine specialists provide a thorough evaluation and do their best to relieve your pain without surgery. When it’s necessary to consider surgery, we offer a new minimally-invasive approach that is precise, accurate and can shorten your recovery time.
What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery combines your surgeon’s understanding of anatomy with x-ray imaging to treat spine conditions using small incisions. A minimally invasive technique permits the surgeon to separate the muscles surrounding the spine rather than cut through them. The surgeon operates through small incisions along the spine.
It’s important to understand that the decision to receive minimally invasive surgery is individualized to the patient and the patient’s symptoms. It is important to discuss with your physician whether minimally invasive surgery is right for you.
What are Potential Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less tissue damage
- Smaller incisions, which may lead to smaller scars
How Does ExcelsiusGPS™ Work?
ExcelsiusGPS™ 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 ExcelsiusGPS™. The surgeon uses these images to determine the size and placement of implants and creates a patient plan based on your 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 your procedure for more precise implant placement.
Questions to Ask Your Surgeon
If you’re experiencing chronic back pain that is unresponsive to non-surgical treatment, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery in conjunction with ExcelsiusGPS™. Talk to your doctor to learn more and find out if this option is right for you.
- Am I a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery with ExcelsiusGPS™?
- How can I benefit from minimally invasive spine surgery with ExcelsiusGPS™?
- What can I expect day of the surgery?
- What can I expect post-surgery?