US-based Premier Health has used a robotic device, Rosa Spine device, for the first time to operate on the spine, at Miami Valley Hospital.

The new device is said to reduce the recovery time of a patient following the surgery as according to Premier Health Neuroscience Institute neurosurgeon Dr Juan Torres-Reveron, the patient had taken three days to recover in the hospital after undergoing the spine surgery.

Dr Torres-Reveron said: "The robot allows us to preplan trajectories when we are placing screws in the lumbar spine, thereby giving us greater control during procedures.

"We are right at the cusp of changing how we do minimally invasive spine surgery."

Robert H. Brethen Foundation has funded the purchase of ROSA Spine.

According to Dr Torres-Reveron, Rosa Spine is considered instrumental in spine surgeries as it requires precise movements of the surgical instruments.

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The device can assume any movements and adjust to any obstacles ensuring that the surgical plan is followed as closely as possible. It is particularly important where it might involve a rotation of the spine.

Surgeons at Miami Valley Hospital now can make two to three incisions measuring about one and half inches each instead of a single incision measuring up to seven inches, which is said to reduce the patient’s duration of stay in the hospital.

In addition to Rosa Spine, Premier Health has also purchased Rosa Brain device which acts like a GPS, mapping the target location for each procedure. Rosa Brain was first used in February at Miami Valley Hospital.

Rosa Spine and Rosa Brain will be used for research and training in the Brethen Center for surgical advancement in robotics and minimally invasive surgery.

Image: Premier Health and Medtech team members gather after first surgery using Rosa spine. Photo: courtesy of Premier Health.