016 Robotics in Neurosurgery: Neuromodulatory Surgeries for Epilepsy and Beyond

Saturday, April 25
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: 205AB; BCEC

Fee: $650
Advanced Practice Provider Fee: $455
Candidate and Medical Student Fee: $65

Director(s): Jorge Alvaro Gonzalez-Martinez, MD, PhD

Faculty: Andrew W. Grande, MD, FAANS; Robert E. Gross, MD, PhD, FAANS; Steven G. Ojemann, MD, FAANS; Jon T. Willie, MD, PhD, FAANS

Recently, advances in microsurgical techniques and surgical instruments, minimally invasive surgery, surgical navigation technology, digitized imaging modalities, increased computational power and improvements in mechanical and electrical engineering have resulted in the incorporation of robotics into the field of neurosurgery. Despite the introduction of robots in neurosurgery more than 25 years ago, the routine use of robots has yet to gain prominence in neurosurgery. This practical hands-on course is designed to demonstrate the basic applications of robotic surgery in the field of epilepsy surgery and functional neurosurgery, exposing practical technical nuances, advantages and limitations related to the technology.

Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Illustrate, through examples, several applications of robotic surgery in the field of neuromodulation, epilepsy surgery and functional neurosurgery. More specifically, robotic techniques applied to SEEG, RNS, Laser Ablation and DBS.
  • Compare the application of robotic surgery with conventional stereotactic surgery.
  • Discuss the several advantages and limitations of robotic neurosurgery, including technical challenges and practical solutions.