Background: The purpose of this study was to compare the clinical outcome of surgery using robot-assisted posterior interbody fusion with that using freehand posterior interbody fusion in patients with degenerative spinal disease. Methods: 78 participants with degenerative spinal disease were randomly allocated (1:1) to the minimally invasive (MIS), posterior lumbar interbody fusion (Robot-PLIF) or conventional, freehand, open-approach, posterior lumbar interbody fusion (Freehand-PLIF). Results: The baseline-adjusted scores on the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) in both groups at 1 year after surgery were not different (P = 0.688). However, the decrease in disc height at the proximal adjacent segment was significantly less in the Robot-PLIF group than in the Freehand-PLIF group (P = 0.039). Conclusion: One-year surgical outcomes including Visual Analog Scale, ODI and Short Form-36 did not differ between the two groups. The disc height in the proximal adjacent segment was significantly less decreased in the Robot-PLIF group than in the Freehand-PLIF group.
|Journal||International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - 2018 Aug|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This study was partially supported in kind by Mazor Robotics and Medtronic Inc., which provided the robot system, and by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2016R1A2B3012850). The provider had no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computer Science Applications