Oct 31, 2023 Jersey City Medical Center Introduces Robotic Spine Surgery

Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has expanded its robotic surgery capabilities with the recent addition of robotic spine surgery. The Medical Center’s orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons use robotic guidance and navigation to enhance precision in spine surgery using minimally invasive techniques, resulting in less pain and faster recoveries for patients.

“At Jersey City Medical Center, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care and to investing in the latest technologies to ensure the best outcomes for our patients,” said Michael Prilutsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jersey City Medical Center. “As we further our mission of healing, enhancing, and investing in Hudson County, the addition of robotic spine surgery gives our patients further access to state-of-the-art care, close to home.”

“Spine surgery is very complex and requires targeted precision,” said Michael Dinizo, M.D., orthopedic spine surgeon at Jersey City Medical Center. “Thanks to this new, minimally invasive robotic technology, complex spine procedures can be performed through small incisions with increased accuracy, shortening hospital stays and helping our patients get on the road to recovery faster.”

“This robotic surgical system is a breakthrough advancement in the realm of neurosurgery that introduces precision and technology while improving operational efficiency. It utilizes a GPS-like roadmap to assist surgeons in performing less invasive procedures, which improves patient outcomes, often freeing patients from chronic issues such as back pain and other common medical concerns,” said Haroon F. Choudhri, M.D., FAANS, board-certified, fellowship trained neurosurgeon at Jersey City Medical Center.

Globus Medical’s ExcelsiusGPS® technology can be used for all cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral procedures of the spine. With the addition of this platform, Jersey City Medical Center continues to embrace groundbreaking innovations in medical technology. The hospital introduced Mako Robotic technology for joint replacements of the hip and knee earlier this summer. This expansion of robotic surgery techniques into its orthopedic program demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to cutting-edge advancements. The Mako robotic arm gives practitioners the ability to perform a virtual knee replacement pre-surgery, allowing precise knee positioning based on cross-sectional imaging like MRI or CT scans.

To learn more about robotic surgery and spine surgery at Jersey City Medical Center or for a referral to a spine surgeon, visit www.rwjbh.org/spine.