Robotic Surgery


Kamal R. Woods, MD, MBA, FAANS

Neurosurgeon located in Miamisburg, OH

Robotic surgery is a cutting-edge innovation that allows your surgeon to safely and effectively treat a wide range of spinal conditions. If you suffer from problems with your spine, book an appointment at Vertrae® with renowned neurosurgeon Kamal Woods, MD, MBA, FAANS. Located in Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Woods and his team have extensive experience using the latest technologies to achieve the best outcomes for their patients. To find out if robotic surgery is right for you, book your appointment by phone or online today.

Robotic Surgery Q & A

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive technique available at Vertrae® that involves a robotic arm and medical imaging technology to enhance the precision and success of complex spinal surgeries. 

Similar to GPS technology, robotic surgery often combines with computer-assisted navigation to help guide Dr. Woods along the exact movements of your procedure based on your anatomy. 

The combination of the robotic arm and computer-assisted navigation allows Dr. Woods to map out your surgical plan and improve the accuracy of the procedure, helping him place implants and other spinal hardware with greater precision. 

How does robotic surgery work?

With robotic surgery, Dr. Woods performs various procedures using a mechanical arm. 

The robotic arm is equipped with a camera and specialized surgical instruments. During the procedure, Dr. Woods controls the robotic arm from a nearby computer console that provides him with a magnified, 3D view of your surgical site. 

During robotic surgery, Dr. Woods can make incisions, place implants, suture wounds, and perform all the necessary actions needed for a successful procedure. 

What conditions are treated with robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is appropriate to treat a number of conditions, including:

  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bone spurs

Dr. Woods also uses robotic surgery to achieve greater accuracy during procedures like disc replacement. 

If you require spinal surgery, Dr. Woods and his team can help you determine if robotic surgery is right for you.

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

In addition to offering greater precision, robotic surgery is minimally invasive, which means it requires much smaller incisions than traditional surgery. And because robotic surgery results in less trauma to your surrounding tissue, you experience less pain and a quicker recovery time. 

Am I a good candidate for robotic surgery?

Your suitability for robotic surgery depends on the severity of your condition as well as your medical history. During your first appointment, you and Dr. Woods discuss your condition as well as any procedures you've undergone in the past. 

In addition to a physical exam, Dr. Woods might perform tests like an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI. 

If you suffer from a spine problem that hasn’t improved with conservative care, robotic surgery can help eliminate your pain and restore your quality of life. To learn more about robotic surgery, call the Vertrae® office nearest you or book your appointment online today.