The future of back surgery is bright and full of possibilities. New technology advancements are becoming more readily available to patients. Minimally invasive techniques offer patients less scarring, quicker recoveries, and fewer risks of infections. Also known as "computer-assisted, image-guidance," navigation technology is advancing at a rapid rate. More accurate spinal instrumentation using spinal navigation technology enables the surgeon to perform surgeries with more precision and accuracy. Your surgeon now has the option to obtain images while in the operating room to instantly create a computer model of your spine rather than using preoperative CT and MRI scans.
The majority of adults experience lower back pain at some point in their life. Many undergo surgery to fix their backs and relieve pain. The procedures can be expensive and not always effective. New technology is available to help make surgeries more effective and less painful, yielding better patient outcomes and allowing physicians to treat spinal disorders more effectively. This remarkable development in image-guided spinal surgery results from a combination of futuristic technologies, including computers, sophisticated software, specialized surgical tools, and precision position-measurement systems.
Robotic-assisted spine surgery is an emerging spinal advancement that is rapidly growing in popularity with surgeons and patients alike. The robotic technology includes analytical tools, precision guidance, optical tracking, and connectivity technologies. The robotics' future is bright and beneficial for complex revision surgery, where the anatomy may be distorted due to previous surgery or deformity surgery. Robotic-assisted spine surgery reduces human error while increasing accuracy. That translates into less time under anesthesia for the patient and less economic cost to the system.
Advanced navigation systems, robotics, various implant techniques, and innovative technologies continue to impact the spinal surgery industry. These technologies continue to change and improve. The spine industry must also balance the cost-effectiveness and value of these technologies' advancements to be fully beneficial. Options for chronic and acute back pain continue to expand. Living pain-free is becoming more of an option thanks to the advancements in back surgery.
Dr. Payam Moazzaz is a spine surgeon who applies a decade's worth of accumulated experience as an orthopedic physician and surgeon to diagnosing and treating a wide variety of complex spine disorders. Dr. Payam Moazzaz specializes in advanced minimally invasive spine surgery that enables faster recovery and returns to active lifestyles. For all appointments and inquiries, please call (760) 904 5444.