Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Interbody Fusion With Robotically Assisted Bilateral Pedicle Screw Fixation: 2-Dimensional Operative Video
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques may enable faster patient recovery and reduce the incidence of postoperative infections. Image-guided approaches to spinal instrumentation and interbody fusion have gained popularity in MIS, reducing radiation exposure and improving screw placement accuracy. Use of a novel computed tomography (CT) navigation-based robotic arm provides for live image-guided surgery, with the potential for augmenting existing MIS approaches and improving the accuracy of instrumentation placement. We report on the surgical technique of MIS transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) performed with the assistance of a new robotic device (ExcelsiusGPS, Globus Medical Inc, Audubon, Pennsylvania) and intraoperative CT guidance in a patient with single-level lumbar spondylolisthesis. The patient gave written informed consent before treatment. Institutional review board approval was deemed unnecessary. The patient was positioned prone on the operating room table, and an intraoperative CT was obtained with stereotactic arrays placed bilaterally in the posterior superior iliac spine. Screw trajectories were planned using the ExcelsiusGPS software and placed percutaneously with the robotic arm without using a Kirschner wire. Interbody placement was performed via an expandable retractor after muscle dilation. Screw placement accuracy was determined with postoperative CT, which demonstrated good screw positioning without breach. The patient recovered well and was discharged home without complications. The combined use of the new robotic device and intraoperative CT enables accurate and safe fixation for the treatment of symptomatic lumbar spondylolisthesis. The operative video demonstrates the technical nuances of positioning, stereotactic marker placement, work flow, and screw placement. Used with permission from Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona.
Operative neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
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Godzik, Jakub; Walker, Corey T.; Theodore, Nicholas; Uribe, Juan S.; Chang, Steven W.; and Snyder, Laura A., "Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Interbody Fusion With Robotically Assisted Bilateral Pedicle Screw Fixation: 2-Dimensional Operative Video" (2019). Neurosurgery. 272.