Medical City Fort Worth March 16, 2018

Medical City Fort Worth first-in-DFW to offer new robotic spine surgery system

With the addition of new robotic surgical systems for hip and knee replacement and spine surgery, Medical City Fort Worth now offers three different types of robotic systems to provide advanced care for a variety of minimally invasive surgical procedures.

“Expanding our robotic surgery technology can help our patients get better, faster,” said Medical City Fort Worth CEO Jyric Sims. “Our hospital now offers three different types of robotic systems to provide advanced care for a variety of minimally invasive surgical procedures, from spine surgeries and kidney transplants to joint replacements. Medical City Fort Worth’s investment in leading edge technology continues to demonstrate our commitment to providing outstanding healthcare for our community.”

Robotic systems at Medical City Fort Worth now include the new Globus Medical ExcelsiusGPS™ for back and spine surgery, the Mako system for hip and knee replacement and two da Vinci Xi® robotic surgical systems, used for a variety of surgical procedures.

Medical City Fort Worth is the first hospital in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to offer the Globus system that can benefit patients with debilitating back or spine pain. Patients who require a lumbar, thoracic or cervical spinal fusion may benefit from this minimally invasive technology, which can offer improved surgical outcomes for people suffering from degenerative disc disease or traumatic spinal injuries.

How Robotic Spine Surgery Works
During a spinal fusion, screws are precisely placed into a patient’s spine to relieve pain and improve mobility. The surgical robot integrates real-time imaging to enhance navigation during the spinal procedure and combines with a robotic arm to guide surgeons as they place the screws. Combined with the surgeon’s expertise and skills, the system helps ensure more precise placements, reducing complication rates with less impact to adjacent vertebrae.

Hip and Knee Robotic Replacement Surgery
Robotic assisted surgery for both total and partial knee replacement is designed to relieve pain for patients suffering from degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis. In knee replacement surgery, the arthritic portion of the knee is resurfaced with metal and plastic components. Robotic technology allows the surgeon to more precisely perform the surgery through a smaller incision, as compared to traditional surgery. This contributes to more rapid recovery for the patient, reduced injury to adjacent tissues and increased longevity of the knee implant.

Robotic technology is especially transformative for partial knee replacement surgery, a minimally invasive option for some patients. In partial knee replacement, only a portion of the knee is resurfaced. Studies have shown robotic arm-assisted partial knee replacement to be two to three times more accurate than similar manual procedures. Partial knee patients typically spend less time in the hospital and return to normal activities sooner than with total knee replacements, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

In hip replacement surgery, using the robotic system helps surgeons to more precisely focus on removal of diseased bone, helping to preserve healthy bone while providing optimal positioning of the hip implant for each patient’s particular anatomy.

Medical City Fort Worth’s robotics program also offers surgery for qualifying patients in the fields of urology, gynecology, organ transplant, general surgery, bariatrics and oncology.