As our global population ages, the demand for surgical treatment of spinal disorders in elderly patients has increased. The elderly population poses a unique challenge to spine surgeons due to multiple medical comorbidities and increased likelihood of complications. Robotics are being used for pedicle screw placement to enhance accuracy of placement and minimize surgical invasiveness. Although the use of robotics has not been studied specifically in elderly patients, this population may benefit significantly from the use of robotics as a minimally invasive technique to minimize blood loss, decrease operative time, and lessen postoperative pain—ultimately reducing complications.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine