Portugal tests ‘robotic spinal surgery’

Portugal is testing a form of robotic spinal surgery.

The technique is in ‘the experimental phase’, explains SIC.

A simulation has taken place in Coimbra today.

Says the TV news channel, it’s a technique that doctors here hope could be approved for use before the end of the year.

The idea is that it can ‘reduce the risks of the surgery and the time of recovery (for patients).

The equipment doesn’t substitute the work of doctors, it allows for ‘increased precision’, says SIC – and improved management of the intervention.

It is particularly geared towards surgeries for younger patients with spinal deformities who require the siting of multiple implants.

For the time being, the robot costs “more than a million euros”.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com