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ExcelsiusGPS spinal robot

We treat a range of conditions that affect the spine with our Excelsius spinal robot. This revolutionary technology allows our robotic surgeons to perform operations with greater accuracy than conventional surgery, leading to many benefits for patients.

 

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What is it for?

To treat a range of conditions that affect the spine

Treatment overview

The Excelsius spinal robot, also known as the ExcelciusGPS surgical system, is a groundbreaking technology that allows surgeons at The London Clinic to treat spinal conditions.

While viewing three-dimensional images on the system’s screen, a surgeon can precisely guide the robotic arm of Excelsius to the exact area of the spine that needs operating on.

The surgeon can then use surgical instruments attached to the robotic arm to carry out a range of spine surgery procedures. 

These procedures include inserting screws into the spine, placing spinal (lumbar) implants and removing or cutting away bone.

Compared to open surgery and keyhole surgery (laparoscopic surgery), the greater accuracy of spinal robotic surgery can lead to many benefits for patients. 

These benefits include less pain, shorter hospital stays and reduced scarring. 

The London Clinic is a centre of excellence for robotic surgery and spinal surgery, and one of the few hospitals in the UK to offer treatment with ExcelsiusGPS. 

We also have a team of robotic surgeons who are highly experienced in using the Excelsius spinal robot. 

This includes Mr Khai Lam, who performed the first robotic spinal surgery in the UK and is a world-leading authority on this type of surgery.  

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Why choose The London Clinic

Excellence in one place

We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.

Personal care, every time

Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.

Effortlessly simple

We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

What's included in your package?

Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

 

Your treatment package will include:

  • Enhanced pre-admission assessment
  • Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
  • Personalised aftercare and follow-up

We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.

How to pay

  • You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
  • You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
  • If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis
     

How does the Excelsius spinal robot work?

Traditionally, a surgeon performing open or keyhole spinal surgery is guided by two-dimensional X-ray images of a patient’s spine.

But with the ExcelsiusGPS spinal robot the surgeon can be guided by three-dimensional (3D) images for the first time.

On the day of your surgery, 3D images of your spine are taken by a scanner. Your surgeon then uses these images to precisely plan the operation you need.

This is helpful, for example, if you’re having spinal fusion surgery to connect two or more vertebrae (the bones in your spine).

Your surgeon will be able to see and choose exactly where the implants, such as metal screws, need to be inserted in your spine.

They will also decide the exact depth and angle the screws need to be put in at.

Once complete, your surgeon’s surgical plan is loaded into the computer system of the ExcelsiusGPS and displayed on a screen.

When performing your operation, your surgeon first makes a small cut directly over your spine or on either side of your spine.

If they need to access your spine from the front, they may need to make a cut in your belly or throat.

Guided by the surgical plan your surgeon creates, the Excelsius robot moves its robotic arm through the cut and to the exact area of your spine that needs operating on.

Your surgeon then uses the tiny surgical instruments on the end of the robot’s arm to carry out the required procedure.

Throughout your operation, your surgeon can view live images of the surgical instruments and implants they’re using. These are displayed within the 3D images of your spine.

As a result, your surgeon can guide surgical instruments and implants with great accuracy, and make precise changes to their surgical plan, when necessary.

Overall, spinal surgery performed with the Excelsius robot has many benefits when compared to conventional open surgery and keyhole surgery. These include:

  • Less pain
  • Less scarring
  • Smaller wounds
  • Shorter operations (patients spend less time under general anaesthetic)
  • Shorter recovery times
  • Lower chance of complications as screws stay in place when inserted
  • Less exposure to radiation (conventional spinal surgery uses X-rays)
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