Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

GlobusIf you are a candidate for spinal fusion surgery, it’s important to know that Norwalk Hospital offers a revolutionary new robotic-guidance and navigation system that not only enables your surgeon to perform this procedure less invasively, but also with even greater accuracy and precision.

This means you’re able to get relief from back pain—and back to your life—as quickly and efficiently as possible. With minimally invasive robotic spine surgery your recovery is faster, your hospital stay is shorter, and the risk of complications is lower compared to open surgery.

Norwalk Hospital is one of only a handful of hospitals in the entire state to offer this advanced technology, giving you convenient access in a comfortable, close-to-home setting.

The new technology, ExcelsiusGPS® from Globus Medical, combines the benefits of navigation and robotics into a single device. Here’s how it works:

  • Prior to surgery, you have a CT scan of your spine that’s transformed into a 3-dimensional image in the ExcelsiusGPS computer, giving your surgeon a precise map for surgical planning
  • In the operating room, instruments are positioned and screws are placed using the ExcelsiusGPS’s robotic arm, aligning precisely with your surgeon’s surgical plan
  • The ExcelsiusGPS provides real-time visualization of instrument positioning and screw placement because it seamlessly integrates with imaging technology (intraoperative CT and fluoroscopy in addition to preoperative CT)—ensuring pinpoint accuracy

The accuracy and efficiency of this new minimally-invasive technology translates into an array of benefits for patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery, including:

  • Less scarring and blood loss, and faster healing, since incisions are smaller
  • Shorter time under anesthesia since the procedure is completed faster
  • A shorter hospital stay compared to open surgery (2.1 days vs. 5 days for open surgery, according to the Journal of Neurosurgery and Spine)
  • Overall faster, easier recovery than with open surgery
  • Less radiation exposure for both the patient and the surgeon and staff (in the average spinal fusion case, 110 images are taken; with this technology, only one image is needed, at most, to confirm screw placement)
  • Lower infection rate (minimally invasive spinal fusion has a 1.1% infection rates compared to 3.7% for open surgery, according to the Journal of Neurosurgery and Spine)
  • Reduced risk of needing revision surgery since screw placement is so precise

The acquisition of the ExcelsiusGPS system demonstrates Western Connecticut Health Network’s ongoing commitment to innovative care delivery in orthopedics. In addition to our early adoption of this revolutionary technology for spinal surgery:

  • Danbury Hospital was the first hospital in Fairfield County to offer robotic total joint replacement (it’s now available at both Danbury and Norwalk hospitals)
  • Norwalk Hospital is also using GPS image guided navigation technology to enhance visualization and precision during shoulder replacement surgery
  • Our healthcare network has developed multi-modal pain management protocols—with an emphasis on non-opioid options—to help surgical patients reclaim their lives as quickly as possible

You don’t have to travel far to get outstanding care. When it comes to spinal fusion, Norwalk Hospital offers you today’s most advanced minimally invasive techniques and technology—right here, in your own community. It would be a privilege to care for you.

For more information, please call us at 866-642-9355.