030 Robotics vs. Navigation in Spine Surgery: Which is Better?

Sunday, April 26
7:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: 205AB; BCEC

Fee: $650
Candidate and Medical Student Fee: $65

Director(s): Jean-Pierre Mobasser, MD, FAANS

Assistant Director(s): Andrew W. Grande, MD, FAANS

Faculty: Roger Hartl, MD, FAANS; Randall W. Porter, MD, FAANS; Eric A. Potts, MD, FAANS

We are entering a new era in neurosurgery, where robotics are integrated into surgical workflows for spine surgery and expanding the list of tools available to neurosurgeons. The costs are significant, but the benefits are unclear. Many advanced navigation users who have trialed the robotics systems believe robotics are actually a step backwards from what they can currently do with navigation and proponents of robotics see a bright future, impacting surgical efficiency, accuracy, outcomes and hospital length of stay. This course describes and debates each of the current uses of navigation and robotics with a panel of expert navigation and robotic super-users. Once all lectures are given, participants go to the lab to work with both navigation and robotic systems to compare several of the current options available.

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

  • Identify the current uses of navigation in spine surgery.
  • Identify the current uses of robotics in spine surgery.
  • Compare and contrast the benefits and limitations of navigation and robotics in spine surgery.
  • Recognize the economics of each technology and how they impact the bottom line for patients and hospital systems.