Robotic Surgery Specialist

Kade Huntsman, MD

Spinal Surgeon & Non-Operative Spine Care located in Salt Lake City, UT

If you need to have surgery on your spine, minimally invasive robotic surgery is the most technologically advanced option available, but few spinal surgeons offer this service. Residents of Salt Lake City and the surrounding area are in luck because Kade Huntsman, MD, an exceptional orthopedic spine surgeon, specializes in using the minimally invasive robotic platform ExcelsiusGPS®. Find out more by calling Dr. Huntsman today, or book an appointment online.

Robotic Surgery Q & A

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is an advanced technology that Dr. Huntsman uses to assist him in carrying out spinal surgical procedures.

The robot doesn’t do your surgery all by itself -  it’s under Dr. Huntsman’s direct control at all times. It’s there to assist him and improve his precision and dexterity, but not to replace him.

Dr. Huntsman is highly skilled and experienced in using the ExcelsiusGPS platform, making him a leader in the field of robotic guidance and navigation. ExcelsiusGPS technology increases safety and accuracy in the operating room and optimizes your outcomes.

What sort of robotic surgery does ExcelsiusGPS assist with?

Dr. Huntsman uses ExcelsiusGPS to assist with surgeries where he’s fixing screws and rods into your spine using a minimally invasive approach through your back. 

Scanned images taken of the inner tissues and vertebrae on the day of your surgery go into the ExcelsiusGPS robot, which helps Dr. Huntsman to create a plan for the operation including pinpointing exactly where to place the screws and what size screws to use.

The carefully prepared surgical plan enables Dr. Huntsman to guide the ExcelsiusGPS robotic arm to the precise point on your spine where the screws need to go. He can see the instruments and any implants, screws, and pins on a monitor showing a live feed of the operation site.

What are the advantages of robotic surgery?

Robotic-assisted surgery uses minimally invasive techniques, which offer significant advantages over traditional open surgery, including:

  • Far less tissue damage
  • Better for higher-risk patients
  • Far less post-operative pain
  • Much lower risk of infection
  • Less blood loss
  • Far shorter stay in hospital
  • Faster recovery time
  • Smaller scars

As well as all the advantages of minimally invasive techniques, robotic surgery using the ExcelsiusGPS enables Dr. Huntsman to carry out your procedure with a higher degree of accuracy and skill than would be possible by hand, even for a surgeon as accomplished as he is.

It isn’t always possible to use robotic surgery, but the technology continues to develop, offering great promise for the future of spine surgery and improved patient outcomes.

Find out more about robotic surgery by calling Kade Huntsman, MD, today, or book an appointment online.