ISIC performs complex spinal surgeries through advanced spine robotics system

The robotic system reduces implant inaccuracies, revision surgeries, radiation exposure and length of stay and infection

Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi., Robotics, Spine robotics system, Dr HS Chhabra

Achieving a major milestone, the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), New Delhi, has become the first hospital outside the US to add a highly advanced robotics system to its spine surgery capabilities. The hospital has already performed more than five successful precision surgeries using the recently acquired advanced Spine Robotics System.

“ISIC is the first facility in the world after US to introduce the advanced Spine Robotic system. Surgeries conducted through advanced robotics reduce implant inaccuracies, revision surgeries, radiation exposure, length of stay and infection. Such high improvements in so many parameters simultaneously can drive significant clinical efficiency and reduce the burden on healthcare system in the medium to long run. It gives us immense pleasure to announce its induction in our system as this will help the doctors of ISIC serve the patients of spine injuries better and in a cost-effective manner,” says Dr HS Chhabra, medical director cum chief of spine services, ISIC.

This week, a team of spine surgeons led by Dr Chhabra successfully operated on Preeti Pandey, a 33-year old woman suffering from Post Tubercular Kyphotic Deformity. Preeti complained of severe progressive weakness of both lower limbs, inability to control bowel and bladder involvement and deformity of back. She was diagnosed with cervico-thoracic kyphosis due to the spinal tuberculosis where two procedures – robotic posterior stabilisation, vertebra column resection, deformity correction and mesh cage insertion – were performed to correct her deformity and stabilize her movement.  She experienced minimum post-operative pain and started walking within a day.

In another case, doctors performed a spinal fusion procedure on Satish Kumar, a 50-year man working in the Indian embassy at Beijing, China, who had developed low back pain radiating to the legs as well as heaviness in both the legs and was unable to walk more than 100 metres. He was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, a spinal disorder in which a bone (vertebra) slips forward over the bone below it. The robotic minimal invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Inter body Fusion (TLIF) was performed with minimal incision and bleeding. Satish is significantly better after surgery and could walk up to 3 kilometers without any leg pain and with minimal post-operative pain within 3 days of surgery.