400 Celebration Place Suite A280, Celebration , FL, 34747

Robotic Surgery & Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Live your life pain-free with the help of our spinal surgery experts. Our leading-edge center uses innovative techniques to improve quality of life for patients with spinal conditions, including Mazor Robotics’ Renaissance® system. With fewer scars and faster recovery, we can help you get back to doing the things you enjoy most.

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS) offers patients the possibility of a less traumatic operative procedure and a quick return to normal activity. Technological advances have enabled surgeons to refine surgical techniques, virtually eliminating the muscle dissection and disruption of spinal anatomy normally associated with traditional, open surgery.

Minimally invasive procedures have been developed to treat degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, vertebral fracture, spinal stenosis, and certain types of spinal deformity. In addition, spinal tumors and infections can also be treated with MIS. With MIS, surgeons can perform the same procedures normally done under open surgery through smaller incisions.

The advantages of MIS may include:

  • Reduced operative time
  • Smaller incisions
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Shorter hospital stay

Factors that have contributed to the advancement of MIS include:

  • Computerized image guidance; endoscopes
  • Navigation systems
  • Bone growth composites

With the aid of high-tech imaging and sophisticated navigation systems, surgeons are now able to operate with greater precision than ever before. Typically, CT scans of the spine are done in advance of the proposed surgery. The images are used to create a three-dimensional model of the surgical site, which is then used as a guide during surgery. Enhanced optics help the surgeon see parts of the spine he/she would otherwise not be able to easily view, as well as track/guide the position of instruments.

Most MIS procedures are performed using an endoscope—a thin telescope-like instrument with a lighted tube and camera attachment. Instruments are passed through the endoscope to the operative field. Spinal musculature is gently moved aside rather than dissected, thereby causing minimal injury.

Navigation systems are computer-assisted technologies that enable the surgeon to “navigate” within the spinal column during surgery. The technology is similar to a global positioning system (GPS), in that navigation systems feed the surgeon real-time intra-operative positioning information.

Certain types of surgery, e.g., spinal fusion, require placement of a bone graft. Insertion of a bone graft gives structural support between vertebrae and stimulates the development of new bone. Bone growth factors (composite material) are proteins that promote the formation of new bone and hasten the fusion process. For some patients undergoing fusion, placement of a man-made structural support (cage) and bone growth factors may eliminate the need for placement of bone graft.

The majority of Dr. Zahwari’s back and neck pain patients are treated with MIS. Not every patient is a candidate for MIS, and there are certain disorders that still require open surgery. Treatment options depend largely on medical judgment, as well as the patient’s diagnosis and overall state of health. Dr. Zahwari performs both MIS and open surgery and will recommend the treatment best suited for each patient.

Contact us with any questions regarding robotics in surgery or other spinal treatments. We welcome patients from Celebration, Four Corners, Orlando, Leesburg and Lakeland. Call us at 407.566.4411 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.


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