Robotic Navigation-Assisted Spine Surgery with ExcelsiusGPS®

ExcelsiusGPS® is the next revolution in robotic spine surgery from Globus Medical, a developer of spinal and orthopedic implants and surgical instruments for patients with spine disorders. ExcelsiusGPS® is designed to improve accuracy and optimize patient care by using robotics and navigation, much like a GPS in your car.


What can you expect the day of surgery?

Prior to the day of surgery, a CT scan is performed and imported into ExcelsiusGPS®. Dr. Bassewitz uses these images to determine the size and placement of implants and creates a surgical plan based on your anatomy. This is used to guide the rigid robotic arm to a specific region of your spine, similar to a planned route or pathway on a GPS. Dr. Bassewitz uses this plan to accurately place the implants using instruments.

Throughout the procedure, the surgical instruments and implants are continuously displayed on the screen for Dr. Bassewitz and staff to monitor. This display allows him to view live feedback during your procedure for more precise implant placement.

What can you expect after surgery?

A minimally invasive procedure typically allows patients to get out of bed the day of the surgery and may be discharged the day after surgery.

Many patients will notice improvement of some or all of their symptoms and pain from surgery may diminish between 2 to 4 weeks after surgery. However, recovery time varies between patients.

It is Dr. Bassewitz's goal for the patient to eventually return to his/her pre-operative activities. A positive attitude, reasonable expectations and compliance with your doctor’s post-surgery instruction may all contribute to a satisfactory outcome.

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery combines your surgeon’s understanding of anatomy with x-ray imaging to treat spine conditions using small incisions. A minimally invasive technique permits the surgeon to separate the muscles surrounding the spine rather than cut through them. The surgeon operates through small incisions along the spine.

It is important to understand that the decision to receive minimally invasive surgery is individualized to the patient and the patient's symptoms. It is important to discuss with Dr. Bassewitz whether minimally invasive surgery is right for you.

What are the potential benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery?

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less tissue damage
  • Smaller incisions, which may lead to smaller scars

Robotic Navigation-Assisted Spine Surgery Patient Story

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hugh Bassewitz to find out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery with ExcelsiusGPS®, please request an appointment online or call (702) 731-4088.