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Robotic Spine Surgery Specialist

Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine

Spine Surgeons located in Shrewsbury, NJ & Toms River, NJ & Edison, NJ

Robotic spine surgery reduces complications during surgery and ensures precise placement of hardware. As a result, your procedure is safer, and your recovery faster. At the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine in Shrewsbury, Toms River, and Edison, New Jersey, Steve Paragioudakis, MD, and Marc Menkowitz, MD, combine their surgical skill with the accuracy of a robotic system to perform surgeries that repair spinal conditions and alleviate your pain. To learn more about robotic spine surgery, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Robotic Spine Surgery Q & A


What is robotic spine surgery?

When the team at the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine performs robotic spine surgery, they use today’s most advanced technology, the Globus ExcelsiusGPS® spinal surgery system.

Robotic spine surgery, a minimally invasive procedure, uses a robotic arm that’s guided by 3-dimensional (3D) imaging of your spine and a real-time navigation system. The robotic arm helps your provider insert pedicle screws that stabilize the spine and facilitate spinal procedures.

The Globus robotic system provides exceptional precision, ensuring a more accurate placement of spinal hardware.

When might I need robotic spine surgery?

You may benefit from robotic spine surgery if you have a spine condition that requires spinal decompression, spinal fusion, disc removal, or fracture repair.

A few of the most common conditions treated with robotic spine surgery include spinal stenosis, herniated discs, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, and kyphosis.

How does robotic spine surgery work?

Before you have robotic spine surgery, the team at the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine takes a CT scan of your spine. Then they upload the 3D image to the robotic system, where they can view it on a monitor.

The Globus system allows the team to rotate the 3D image on the monitor. They use multiple angles to precisely plan your surgery. 

The robotic arm uses the imaging to determine the exact location and proper angle for screw placement. After the arm gets into the appropriate position, your provider uses it to guide their surgical instruments.

During the surgery, specialized Globus technology continues to provide real-time images of your spine and the procedure. The robotic device also alerts the team if they need to adjust the screw’s location to move it away from nerves or blood vessels.


Does minimally invasive robotic spine surgery offer health benefits?

Your provider makes a small incision that accommodates the narrow surgical instruments placed through the robotic arm during minimally invasive surgery.

The small incision used causes significantly less trauma. As a result, minimally invasive surgery delivers benefits such as:

  • Less pain after surgery
  • Lower risk of bleeding
  • Lower risk of an infection
  • Faster recovery
  • Less time in rehabilitation
  • Minimal scarring

You also recover faster because your provider doesn’t need to cut the muscles. Instead, they use a tubular retractor to gently separate the muscle fibers and create a small opening.

To learn if you’re a candidate for robotic spine surgery, call the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine or book an appointment online today.

Globus ExcelsiusGPS®

The Globus ExcelsiusGPS® Spine Robot is the first technology to combine a robotic arm and full navigation capabilities for precise trajectory alignment in spine surgery. It’s designed to improve accuracy and optimize patient care by using robotics and navigation.