MCKINNEY, TXMedical City McKinney has added new surgical platforms to help patients undergoing spine surgery to recover more quickly while also being exposed to less radiation.

A new surgical robot with CT guidance and 3D technology allows the physician to precisely map out a surgical plan prior to entering the operating room, enabling the surgeon to individualize treatment based on the patient’s anatomy.

“In procedures like spinal fusions, this minimally invasive technology serves as a guide and allows us to map out landmarks in advance,” says Alexander Satin, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Medical City McKinney. “The CT navigation technology allows us to ‘see the unseen’ and ensure the spinal implant placement is precise.”

Minimally invasive spine surgery helps reduce tissue trauma, blood loss and size of the incision. Patients often recover quicker and with less pain, returning home 24 to 48 hours after surgery. 

Additional technology allows the surgeon to place a ring-like imaging machine around a patient’s body during surgery to achieve a 2D (real-time moving x-ray) and 3D images of the body. These highly detailed images make it possible for the surgeon to monitor the patient’s anatomy and precisely place spinal implants.

The new technology enhances patient safety through radiation reduction and improved efficiency for less time in the operating room. Reducing cumulative radiation dose, the sum total of radiation received by a patient over time, is part of Medical City Healthcare’s Radiation Right program.

“The image guidance of this technology helps increase precision, quality, and safety, and the low-dose X-ray technology helps minimize radiation exposure to the patient and surgical team,” says Ripul Panchal, DO, Medical City McKinney neurosurgeon. “This new technology is allowing us to expand minimally invasive procedures beyond spinal fusions to more advanced spinal disorders.”

Learn more about spine care at Medical City here.