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Dr. Stieber delivers cutting-edge robotic spinal surgery in New York for patients experiencing back pain. Robotic spine surgery has revolutionized minimally invasive spine surgery and optimized patient care. It combines computer navigation and robotics in one groundbreaking technology and delivers a host of benefits to our NYC patients, including smaller incisions, less exposure to radiation, fewer complications, and more.

The Benefits

Dr. Stieber's NYC robotic spine surgery with ExcelsiusGPS grants many of the same benefits as all minimally invasive procedures, including smaller incisions, less blood loss, and a shorter recovery period. The technology also delivers added advantages to our NYC patients, including:

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Precise Implant Positioning

The ExcelsiusGPS provides guidance to Dr. Stieber in placing implants, resulting in heightened precision without having to take multiple x-rays and enhanced patient outcomes.

Less Radiation Exposure

The ExcelsiusGPS technology eliminates the need for multiple x-rays during surgery.

Faster Surgical Time

Many spine surgeries are performed more quickly with robotic guidance.

What to Expect During Your Surgery

Prior to your procedure, our team will take medical images and import them into the ExcelsiusGPS system. Dr. Stieber will use these images to determine the size and placement of the implants and creates a custom surgical plan tailored to your anatomy.

This planned route will guide the rigid robotic arm via the GPS system to specific sections of your spine. Dr. Stieber will use this pathway to place the implants with increased precision. The surgical instruments and implants are continuously navigated on a high-definition screen in the operating room, providing Dr. Stieber with live feedback during every step of the surgery.

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What spinal surgeries can be performed with the ExcelsiusGPS system?

Many conditions are eligible for treatment with Dr. Stieber's NYC robotic spinal surgery. Common spine surgeries that can be performed with the use of this technology include:

  • Most minimally-invasive spine surgeries
  • Scoliosis reconstruction
  • Spinal fusion
  • And more

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Laser Spine Surgery Covered By Insurance?

Some health insurance providers cover a portion of the costs associated with laser spine surgery. Through a consultation of your specific needs, we can assist you in finding out whether your insurance plan covers any of the cost of the procedure. We also offer financing options for our patients so they can get the care they need.

Can Laser Spine Surgery Fix Spinal Stenosis?

Advances in medical technology and techniques have allowed surgeons to perform less invasive treatment for spinal stenosis. Rather than cutting through muscles, an endoscopic or minimally invasive surgical technique with smaller incisions and minimal tissue damage can be performed, with the use of an advanced medical laser for incisions and excision of tissue.

Is Laser Back Surgery Dangerous?

Any surgical procedure has risks, but laser back surgery poses far less risk to a patient’s health than with traditional spine surgery in general. The incisions for laser back surgery are smaller, with far less trauma to the surrounding tissues.

Do Laser Back Surgery Results Last Just As Long?

When laser back surgery is performed by an experienced spinal surgeon, the results should be equally long-lasting as a traditional invasive surgical approach, with a faster recovery.

Our Technology ExcelsiusGPS

Robotic systems like the ExcelsiusGPS combine a CT scan of the patient’s anatomy with the actual patient. Dr. Stieber can point to a precise location on the CT scan and the robot will aim for that site. The robot is connected to a camera that reads physical landmarks on the patient and then processes what the camera sees with the CT image in real-time. If the patient moves or breathes, the robot senses the change and adjusts accordingly.

Robotic Spinal Surgery

When it comes to performing minimally invasive spine surgery or robotic spinal surgery, Dr. Stieber is known throughout New York for his relentless commitment to precision, safety, and enhanced patient outcomes. The primary advantages of the ExcelsiusGPS system are reduced radiation exposure and faster surgical times. Dr. Stieber performs all surgeries with the utmost precision, ensuring a safe and effective experience for our New York patients regardless of the technique they choose.

Robotic Guidance

With robotic guidance, instruments are positioned and screws are placed with a rigid robotic arm that is precisely aligned to Dr. Stieber’s surgical plan.


The technology provides navigation for the doctor, allowing real-time visualization of instrument positioning and screw placement.

Imaging Flexibility

ExcelsiusGPS offers the option of preoperative CT, intraoperative CT and/or fluoroscopic imaging systems, so the procedure can be tailored to the patient’s precise needs.


Many of our New York patients have been candidates for robotic spine surgery. You may be eligible for this approach if you’ve been diagnosed with:

To determine if Dr. Stieber's robotic spine surgery is the right approach for your condition, we recommend scheduling an initial consultation at his New York office. As a fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, he will assess your condition and provide you with personalized guidance regarding your care.

What Is the Cost of Robotic Spine Surgery?

A single robotics system is an investment upwards of $1-2 million, not including the costs of some of the single-use attachments. A recently released investigative report published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) confirms that the application of robotic spine surgery is, in fact, cost-effective, even at the higher price, because:

  • It can result in less revision surgery.
  • It can lower infection rates.
  • It promotes faster healing.
  • It requires less time in the hospital.
  • It also takes less time to perform the surgery, reducing overall team costs.

Insurance companies classify robotic spinal surgery as a minimally invasive surgery that is robot-assisted and is therefore covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare. Although, your coverage is entirely dependent upon your specific medical insurance plan.

All costs for robotic spinal surgery depend upon the specific procedure being performed. The number of attendant surgeons and support team members and other concerns are specific to the individual operation.

What is the Recovery Time for Robotic Spine Surgery?

Of course every patient has their own unique anatomy. Surgical treatment of the spine necessitates careful planning and mapping of each patient’s specific physiology. Robotic technology is designed to perform surgery with precision and accuracy unparalleled by traditional techniques. Its superb 3D imaging capabilities enable Dr. Stieber to create a precise map of your spine’s target area and achieve ideal results.

Older techniques, although effective, can also lead to concerns about incomplete results, especially when the orthopedic conditions are complex.

Patients who have undergone robotic spine surgery spend an average of 27% less time in a hospital recovering, compared with some traditional approaches. While overall recovery times depend largely on the exact procedure and the condition of the patient, your best opportunity for a smooth, efficient, and complication-free recovery is possible with this advanced methodology.

Depending upon the surgery performed to resolve your condition, full recovery from robotic spine surgery can take between 12 weeks and six months. You will be able to progressively be more active throughout this time. Recovery time is not just about the procedure itself, it also involves your general health, the diligence by which you follow post-operative care instructions, and your dedication to any physical therapy you have been prescribed.

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