How does ExcelsiusGPS® work?

ExcelsiusGPS® is used in procedures that include posterior screw and rod fixation. On the day of surgery, medical images are taken and imported into ExcelsiusGPS®. These images are used by your surgeon to determine the size and placement of screws and create a surgical plan based on your anatomy. The surgical plan guides the rigid robotic arm to a specific region of your spine, similar to a planned route or pathway on a GPS. The surgeon uses this pathway or route to accurately place screws using instruments.

Throughout the procedure, the surgical instruments and implants are continuously displayed on the screen for the surgeon and staff to monitor. This display allows the surgeon to view live feedback during your procedure.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: What is it?

A minimally invasive technique permits the surgeon to separate the muscles surrounding the spine rather than cutting through them. The surgeon operates through small incisions along the spine.

It is important to understand that surgery is individualized to the patient and the patient's symptoms. Discuss with your physician if minimally invasive surgery is right for you.

What are the potential benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery compared to traditional open surgery?

Small Incisions1
The surgeon operates through small incisions along the spine.

Less Tissue Damage2
A minimally invasive technique allows the surgeon to separate the muscles surrounding the spine rather than cutting through them.

Shorter Hospital Stay3
Less tissue damage and smaller incisions may lead to a shorter hospital stay and a quicker path to recovery.

1. O’Toole, John. Surgical site infection rates after minimally invasive spine surgery. J Neurosurg Spine 11 (2009): 471-476.
2. Tian, Nai-Feng, et. al. Minimally invasive versus open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion: a meta-analysis based on the current evidence. Euro Spine J 22 (2013): 1741-1749.

Questions to ask your surgeon

  • Am I a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery with ExcelsiusGPS®?
  • How can I benefit from minimally invasive spine surgery with ExcelsiusGPS®?
  • What can I expect the day of the surgery?
  • What can I expect after surgery?