Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive robotic spine surgery is now available at Glenwood Regional Medical Center with the assistance of the ExcelsiusGPS® spine robot.

Spine Surgery

503 McMillan Road
West Monroe, LA 71291

The Future of Spine Surgery Is In West Monroe

The future of spine surgery is here, right in your own backyard at Glenwood Regional Medical Center, where orthopedic surgeons have the training, technology and expertise to perform minimally invasive robotic spine surgery with the assistance of the ExcelsiusGPS® spine robot. This robotic technology allows surgeons to place implants in a wide variety of neck and back surgeries with a high level of precision.

Medical images taken on the day of the surgery are imported into the ExcelsiusGPS®. The surgeon references these images to create a custom-tailored surgical plan that’s based on the patient’s unique anatomy. This plan aids in determining the exact placement of implants. The ExcelsiusGPS® provides a precise route for the surgery, much like the GPS on your phone.

Why Choose Minimally Invasive Robotic Spine Surgery?

The decision to have minimally invasive spine surgery is one that patients will discuss with their orthopedic surgeon at Glenwood Regional Medical Center. When using a minimally invasive approach, spine surgeons are able to operate through tiny incisions along the spine. Unlike traditional spinal surgery, there is no need to make large incisions that cut the muscle tissue surrounding the spine.

Potential benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery include:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less tissue damage
  • Smaller incisions, which may result in smaller scars

How Does Robotic Spine Surgery Work?

Orthopedic surgeons at Glenwood Regional Medical Center use the ExcelsiusGPS® spine robot to plan the patient’s procedure. Robotic guidance and navigation features act as an assistant for your spine surgeon. The robotic arm aligns tools along the planned pathway; the surgeon can see the tools in relation to the patient’s body on a screen in real time. Think of the technology as being similar to a GPS: the surgeon plans the route for placing implants and the ExcelsiusGPS® aligns the robotic arm in real-time as the surgeon carries out the procedure.

Understanding Key Terms: Robotic Guidance Meets Navigation

Robotic Guidance describes the placement of surgical instruments and implants via a rigid robotic arm that orients the surgeon along a guided pathway.

Navigation refers to the continuous feedback and real-time visualization of surgical instruments and implant positioning in relation to the patient’s anatomy.

What Happens After Surgery?

Many patients are able to get out of bed the day of surgery. Some patients are discharged the following day. Many patients experience noticeable improvement of some or all of their pain and symptoms within two to four weeks following surgery.

Who Is This Procedure For?

ExcelsiusGPS® technology may be available to patients undergoing spinal surgery that requires implants, including:

  • Posterior fusion
  • Anterior lumbar interbody fusion
  • Lateral lumbar interbody fusion
  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
  • Posterior lumbar interbody fusion
  • And other types of minimally invasive spinal surgery

Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Right for Me?

Want to learn more? Talk to your orthopedic surgeon at Glenwood Regional Medical Center. Ask:

  • Am I a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery with ExcelsiusGPS®?
  • How can I benefit from minimally invasive spine surgery with ExcelsiusGPS®?
  • What can I expect the day of the surgery?
  • What can I expect after my surgery?

For more information, call Glenwood Regional Medical Center at 318-329-4200.

Meet Our Surgeons

Meet the experienced surgeons on our medical staff who utilize the Globus Excelsius GPS system to perform advanced, minimally invasive back and neck surgery for patients throughout Northern Louisiana.  

Jeffrey Counts, D.O.
North Louisiana Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic

Stanley Crawford, D.O.
North Louisiana Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic

Marshall Cain, M.D.
Cain Neurosurgery Clinic