Robotic Spine Surgery

Have you even wondered how surgeons manage to deal with complicated spine surgeries successfully? Nerves and tissues are very hard to deal with: the doctor must be experienced and skilled. In fact, robotic spine surgery is practiced in many advanced medical centers, and Bonifatius hospital is not an exception. How do we do such procedures, and why thousands of patients trust us?

What is robotic spine surgery?

The main difference between a traditional and robotic surgery is clear: a robotized system performs some manipulations instead of the surgeon and works with tiny nerves and bones. It is used when maximum precision and accuracy are required (for instance, during implantation or operation on nerves).

Robot-guided system is a special tool that works with surgeon’s instruments according to pre-operative plan. The robot is fixed near the patient either by attachment on the bed, or directly on the spine of the patient. The machine can rotate and bend to place its arm in a very specific zone or trajectory. The system helps the surgeon to work with tiny incisions and complex anatomy.


Robot-guided operation has many advantages over the traditional approach. First, it allows for performing minimally invasive procedures safely and accurately minimizing the use of radiation during surgery. State-of-art technology can be used to treat serious spinal conditions including spine tumors, deformities and degenerative conditions. Besides, minimally invasive robotic spine surgery recovery is much shorter than with traditional approach, and the patient can leave hospital the next day returning to daily activities within a few weeks.

Types of operations

Theoretically, robot-assisted surgery can be used to deal with any spine condition, including:

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion. The operation is needed to align two separate segment of the back to fix instability or wrong alignment.
  • Tumor removal. Some tumors grow deeply into bones, and only robots can reach the areas between and inside vertebrae. The new approach has made many serious spine tumors operable returning people hope to cure and recover from cancer.
  • Scoliosis Correction. The surgery helps to correct curvature greater than 45°, even if bracing treatment doesn’t help. Some patients have abnormally curved vertebrae which makes operation even more challenging, but robot-assisted surgery allows using instrumentation precisely.
  • Vertebroplasty. This procedure can be done on outpatient basis to help patients with compression fractures. Cement-like material is injected in bone fracture to stabilize it and prevent further rupture and break. Why using robots? Bone cement shouldn’t flow into nerves and the area around bones, and tiny instruments can ensure higher precision of procedure. Besides, this approach allows for decrease radiation exposure by 50-70%.
  • Spine Biopsy. If a doctor needs a sample of vertebrae tissues, making big cuts can be an undesirable option. Instead, robot-assisted procedure can help to take the sample. This is a safer and more reliable option.

Side effects

Although robot-assisted approach is often used for minimally-invasive surgeries that are less risky, there still can be some negative outcomes. For example, a patient can develop allergic reaction to anesthesia or bone graft and implant. Serious bleeding and infection are other common complications. Plastic and metal constructions can fail and break, which makes up for need of a new operation. To avoid different side effects and unwanted outcomes, a patient should follow doctor’s recommendations.

Consider treatment in Bonifatius hospital

Every year, hundreds of patients come to Bonifatius hospital to go through robotic spine surgeries and other procedures. Why they trust us? What makes our center a leading medical organization in Germany?

First, it’s our team comprising tens of talented doctors and specialists headed by D-r Gerard Kolb. We improve our knowledge and techniques to ensure the highest effectiveness and safety of therapies. Our hospital goes ahead of the progress and uses innovative techniques and methods in work. Many experimental approaches help patients in hopeless situations. We use multi-disciplinary approach to create optimal treatment plans individually for every person.

Secondly, our clinic is equipped with state-of-art devices and techniques (robots, high-tech diagnosis apparatus, etc). We have a lot of comfortable wards and provide good catering for our patients. Besides, they can always count on 24/7 medical assistance.

Want to become our patient? Come to Lingen (Germany), and don’t hesitate to contact us via phone and email.