"Lausanne, Switzerland, October 5th, 2015 – KB Medical SA, a Swiss company specialized in designing, developing and marketing spinal surgical robot, is pleased to announce the first surgical intervention with its AQrateTM Robotic Assistance System. The spinal fusion surgery was performed by Doctor Marc Morard at the Neurosurgery Department of Hôpital du Valais in Sion, Switzerland, assisted by Doctor Chetan Patel from the Spine Health Institute, Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA. The patient presented symptoms associated with a degenerative spine disorder and was treated by lumbar fusion with a minimally invasive posterior approach.
Assisted by the AQrate System the surgical team implanted four pedicle screws with a minimally invasive technique, where the AQrate System guided the surgeon in stages of planning, instrument navigation and cavity preparation for the implants in the patient’s vertebrae. Doctor Morard emphasized: “We are proud to perform the first ever spine procedure assisted by the AQrate Robotic Assistance System manufactured in Switzerland. This opens promising perspectives to improve the treatment of spine disorders”. Jean-Marc Wismer, CEO of KB Medical commented: “The minimal invasive technique provides our surgical patients with smaller incisions for faster recovery time, less exposure to radiation, but the principal advantage of our tool is that it improves surgical accuracy.
This decreases overall risk during surgery.” The robotic system helps to guide and overall to maintain stabilized the surgeon’s instruments based on highly accurate real time intraoperative planning of spinal implant placement. This precise and ultra-steady guidance improves the surgeon’s ability to safely place implants with tremendous precision, particularly when working through very small incisions or when dealing with complex anatomy. Robot-guided spine surgery is a promising new technology that has many advantages. Innovative techniques allow surgeons to perform less invasive surgical procedures with smaller incisions, less operative bleeding, faster recovery time and shorter hospital stays.
These procedures are performed with less radiation exposure to patients and health care providers. Robot-guidance also can increase the accuracy and safety of surgical procedures allowing for better outcomes.