Internationally renowned Plano surgeon co-invented
PLANO, Texas, July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —
Fifteen-year-old Tressa Scott
of Allen hasn’t been able to stand
up straight for more than a year — until now.
The Allen teenager grew an inch
and a half and gained a dramatically straighter spine after
undergoing a complex spinal surgery using a new type of surgical
robot available at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.
The SpineAssist® surgical robot – one of three in
the United States and the only one
in Texas – is the only
surgical robot designed specifically to operate on the spine.
Accurate to less than half a millimeter, it enables surgeons to
plan the optimal surgery ahead of time using a computed tomography
(CT)-based 3D simulation of the patient’s spine.
“Like a pilot in a flight simulator, I can map out the patient’s
spinal anatomy and perform the entire procedure before the patient
even arrives for surgery,” said Dr. Isador
Lieberman, a fellowship-trained orthopedic and spinal
surgeon on the medical staff at the Texas Back Institute and Texas
Health Plano. “It allows me to be more efficient and more precise,
and to anticipate potential complications before they occur.”
SpineAssist® technology can be used in biopsies, to treat
thoracic-lumbar fusion and vertebral compression fractures, and to
correct scoliosis. Robotic spinal surgery is the latest in a
variety of advanced spine and orthopedic services that make Texas
Health Plano and the Te