Childrenâ€™s Healthcare of Atlanta is the first pediatric facility in the U.S. to offer robot-guided scoliosis surgery.
The SpineAssist surgical guidance system allows a surgeon to pre-plan a procedure in a CT-based 3D simulation of the patientâ€™s spine.Â During the surgery a robotic extension arm guides the surgeon to the pre-planned location.Â While only four health care facilities in the U.S. currently use the system, it is widely used in Europe.
Dennis Devito, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon at Childrenâ€™s, pioneered the use of the device in pediatric scoliosis patients.Â In a study performed by Devito, he found improved accuracy when using the robotic guidance system for screw implantation in scoliosis patients.
â€œWorldwide, Childrenâ€™s has the largest volume of experience using robotic guidance in pediatric patients,â€ said Devito. â€œWeâ€™re excited to offer scoliosis patients this leading-edge device.â€
At Childrenâ€™s, pediatric orthopaedic surgeons care for thousands of patients who require specialized surgical treatment for a variety of conditions, throughout Georgia, the Southeast and internationally.