Clinical pedicle screw accuracy and deviation from planning in robot-guided spine surgery: Robot-guided pedicle screw accuracy

Joris D. van Dijk*, Roy P.J. van den Ende, Stefano Stramigioli, Matthias Köchling, Norbert Höss

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STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective chart review was performed for 112 consecutive minimally invasive spinal surgery patients who underwent pedicular screw fixation in a community hospital setting. OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical accuracy and deviation in screw positions in robot-assisted pedicle screw placement. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Accuracy of pedicle screw placement in in vivo studies varies widely, especially when minimally invasive techniques are used. Robotic guidance was recently introduced to increase screw placement accuracy but still reported accuracies vary. METHODS: Reproducibility of the surgeon's plan using robotic guidance was assessed by fusing individual vertebras from the preoperative computed tomography (CT) containing the planning with a postoperative CT. Deviation in entry point and difference in angle of insertion was measured on axial and sagittal planes. Grading of pedicle screw placement was performed on postoperative CTs using the Gertzbein-Robbins classification. RESULTS: CT-to-CT fusion succeeded for 178 screws, but these appeared to be random, with no apparent selection bias. Mean deviation in entry point was 2.0 ± 1.2 mm. Mean difference in angle of insertion was 2.2° ± 1.7° on the axial plane and 2.9° ± 2.4° on the sagittal plane. Assessment of pedicle screw accuracy showed that 477 of 487 screws (97.9%) were safely placed (<2 mm, category A+B), 8 screws in category C and 1 in category D. None of the screws necessitated resurgery for revised placement. CONCLUSION: Preoperative planning of robotic guidance is reproduced intraoperatively within acceptable deviations. We conclude that robotic guidance allows for highly accurate execution of the preoperative plan, leading to accurate screw placement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E986-E991
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015


  • lumbar fusion
  • laminectomy
  • screw accuracy
  • robot-guided spinal surgery
  • pedicle screws
  • minimally invasive surgical procedures
  • 2023 OA procedure


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