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Robotic Surgery Specialist

South Denver Spine & Robotics, P.C.

Orthopedic Spine Surgery & Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery located in Castle Rock & Centennial, CO & Garden City, KS

The idea of robotic surgery may conjure images of science fiction robots taking over for your surgeon, but that’s not how it works. As a leader in the field of advanced technology, Zak Ibrahim, MD, at South Denver Spine & Robotics, P.C., uses the cutting-edge Mazor Robotics Renaissance™ to perform more precise surgery using detailed imaging and robotic guidance. Spine procedures, especially minimally invasive procedures, that require the placement of spinal instrumentation are often greatly assisted with robotic guidance. Dr. Ibrahim is a national leader in this field. To determine if you’re a good candidate, call the office in Centennial or Castle Rock, Colorado, or Garden City, Kansas, or book an appointment online today.

Robotic Surgery Q & A

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic spine surgery uses today’s advanced robotic technology to plan and guide your procedure. Though Mazor's technology is exceptional, it’s important to know that this is still robotic-assisted surgery. 

The robotic components enhance Dr. Ibrahim’s skill and expertise by making it possible to accomplish a higher level of precision than he could achieve with freehand surgery.

Additionally, robotic surgery reduces your exposure to the X-rays traditionally used to guide spine surgery.

How does the Mazor system work?

Dr. Ibrahim uses Mazor’s state-of-the-art robotic technology before and during spinal surgery. Before your procedure, the Mazor system creates a detailed 3D image of your spine using a CT scan that uploads to the system.

The image gives Dr. Ibrahim the advantage of seeing your spine in three dimensions as he plans your surgery. When needed for complex procedures, the Mazor system also allows him to virtually perform the surgery and identify potential problems that could arise before your actual procedure.

During your surgery, the Mazor provides ongoing imaging and real-time guidance. Dr. Ibrahim uses a device to send live information about your spine to the robotic computer. Then it compares your actual anatomy to the 3D pre-surgery model and makes any adjustments if needed for precision.

The Mazor has a robotic arm that uses the imaging information to guide the placement of spinal hardware. This robotic guidance system ensures that Dr. Ibrahim precisely places the hardware in the correct place and at the correct angle for your spine.

When is robotic surgery used?

The Mazor system comes with a range of hardware and software tools that make robotic surgery possible for many spine procedures.

Robotic surgery supports a posterior thoracolumbar approach, whether you’re having open or minimally invasive surgery. This approach is common for surgeries involving the lower thoracic spine (middle back) and the lumbar spine (lower back).

Dr. Ibrahim may use robotic surgery when:

  • Treating scoliosis and complex spinal deformities
  • Repairing herniated discs and disc degeneration
  • Inserting pedicle screws and other types of screws
  • Removing a piece of bone (osteotomy)
  • Performing a biopsy
  • Performing minimally invasive surgery

The bone screws he uses during spine surgery hold the vertebrae in place during procedures such as spinal fusion, scoliosis correction, and fracture repair. These screws function as an "internal cast" holding the vertebrae in the appropriate position until fusion occurs. 

To determine if your spinal procedure might be possible with the precision of robotic surgery, call South Denver Spine & Robotics, P.C., or book an appointment online today.