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ExcelsiusGPS® Robotic Navigation Surgery

The ExcelsiusGPS robotic navigation system has allowed surgeons at East Cooper Medical Center (ECMC) to provide minimally invasive spine surgery and optimizing patient care by combining the benefits of navigation and robotics into one technology.

Excelsius GPS provides a number of benefits related to this, including:

  • Robotic Guidance – the system allows surgical instruments to be positioned and screws to be placed through a rigid robotic arm that aligns precisely with the surgeon’s plan for a particular procedure.
  • Navigation – ExcelsiusGPS provides real-time visualization of instrument positioning and screw placement with respect to patient anatomy.
  • Imaging Compatibility – the technology is compatible with a variety of imaging systems to provide surgeons with much greater accuracy through superior visualization of their work.

If you require spine surgery, you may be feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about what to expect. ExcelsiusGPS allows surgeons to perform spinal surgical procedures with greater accuracy, while making them significantly less invasive than traditional surgery.

How Does It Work?

Without ExcelsiusGPS

Current image-guided surgical procedures require the surgeon to look back and forth between the patient and an image. This creates room for inaccuracies, which causes imperfection of screw placement.

With Excelsius GPS Navigation

The ExcelsiusGPS navigation technology combines a CT scan of the patient with the actual patient in real time. This allows surgeon performing the procedure to point to a spot on the CT scan and instruct the robot to aim for the same spot.

The robot is connected to a camera that reads landmarks on a patient, so the robot is able to process what the camera sees with the CT image in real time. Even if the patient moves slightly from breathing or any other factor, the robot can sense changes in position and adjust accordingly.

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