CMD Performs In-Office Kyphoplasty with Robot

The Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders Performs First-of-Its-Kind Surgery in the U.S.

There’s nothing more painful than a spine fracture. At The Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders (CMD), we know that from experience, treating our patients. Recently, our practice used the latest and best in modern technology to provide relief to a 52-year-old woman who came to us with unremitting pain from a T12 fracture (a compression fracture in the bottom part of the spine). Since she had experienced no respite from medications or a thoracolumbosacral orthosis brace (TLSO)—a corset-style brace to stabilize movement of the torso—a procedure was indicated.

Thus, our patient became part of a unique event in the field of spine surgery, which occurred at CMD on October 31, 2016.

The CMD team became the first in the U.S. to perform a robot-assisted kyphoplasty in an office-based setting under sedation, allowing the patient to return home the same day. A kyphoplasty is a spine procedure to repair an injured or collapsed vertebra in order to relieve pain and restore the original anatomy. The CMD team consisted of surgeons Dr. Vagmin Vora, Dr. Seth Grossman and Dr. Jonathan Lewin, as well as Isaac Abramchayev, PA.

Dr. Vora reports that the surgery progressed very smoothly, with the Mazor robot localizing the bone entry site within a tiny fraction (0.38 millimeters) of accuracy. The patient left the surgical suite only two-and-a-half hours after the completion of the procedure and is recovering without any issues.

CMD is also thankful to anesthesiologist Dr. Leon Shapiro, who provided sedation to the patient. Says Dr. Shapiro, “We were able to maintain a motionless patient throughout the entire procedure without administering any narcotic medication.”

Concludes Dr. Vora, who speaks for the entire CMD team when he says, “It was exhilarating to be part of this historic procedure!”

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About The Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders (CMD)

The Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders (CMD) is a formalized joint practice including The Center for Spinal Disorders, The Center for Hand Disorders and The Center for Pain Management. Since the three centers have long worked together to provide cohesive care to the community, our newly integrated practice will continue our steadfast servitude to our patients. Our specialty-trained physicians and staff share the common philosophy of highly personalized care. We stress non-surgical solutions whenever possible and use cutting-edge medical and surgical techniques to customize advanced treatments for our patients’ needs.