BSA Introduces ExcelsiusGPS Robot to Assist in Spinal Surgery


BSA Health system has a new tool that can reduce hospital stays for patients after spine surgery by 25 to 50 percent.  It’s called ExcelsiusGPS.  

Neurosurgeons use the ExcelsiusGPS robot to improve the accuracy of spinal surgery, and it reduces recovery time by minimizing blood loss and muscle damage during surgery.  That gets patients on their feet, and on the road to recovery, faster than never before.  

“At BSA, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care for outpatients, staff, and physicians,” said BSA President and CEO Bob Williams.  “With the addition of this modern technology, BSA looks forward to the exciting opportunities that ExcelsiusGPS brings to the field of minimally invasive spine surgery, robotics, and navigation.”

Doctors can now plan ahead with ExcelsiusGPS and decide exactly where they want a screw to go, and the new system will make sure the screw goes into the spine precisely where it’s needed.  

When you think about how doctors used to place screws, Neurosurgeon Dr. Brett Gentry said it is easy to see how useful ExcelsiusGPS can be.  

“Traditionally we used regular x-ray for lumbar fusions,” Dr. Gentry said.  “Now we are able to more precisely place the screws using preoperative CT images, or even inter-operative CT images.”

Depending on the surgery, this system can also help decrease scaring for patients.  Less recovery time also means a patient needs less pain medication.  Neurosurgeons have seen the need for post-operation pain medication reduce by as much as half when using ExcelsiusGPS.

BSA has the only ExcelsiusGPS in the Panhandle, and it’s one of around 70 machines worldwide.

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