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Robotic spine surgery is revolutionizing minimally invasive spine surgery and optimizing 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. Fortunately, Dr. Stieber delivers this cutting-edge robotic spinal surgery in New York.

The Benefits

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

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Real-time view of anatomy

Dr. Stieber can virtually image the patient’s spine in real-time, which improves accuracy and safety.

Precise positioning of implants

The ExcelsiusGPS guides Dr. Stieber in placing implants, resulting in heightened precision without multiple x-rays and enhanced patient outcomes.

Less exposure to radiation

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

Faster surgery time

Many spine surgeries can be performed more quickly with robotic guidance.

What to Expect During the Procedure

On the day of 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 compose a custom surgical plan tailored to your anatomy.

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

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What spine 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 in conjunction with the 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 insurers cover a portion of the costs associated with laser spine surgery. We can assist you in finding out whether your insurance plan covers any of the cost of the procedure. We offer financing options for our patients so that they can get the care that they need.

Can Laser Spine Surgery Fix Spinal Stenosis?

Advances in medical technology and techniques have led to 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 as a rule, laser back surgery poses far less risk to a patient’s health than with traditional spine surgery. The incisions 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 landmarks on the patient and can process 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.

Dr. Stieber is known throughout New York for his relentless commitment to precision, safety and enhanced patient outcomes when performing both minimally invasive spine surgery and robotic spinal surgery. 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

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 real-time visualization of instrument positioning and screw placement.

Imaging Flexibility

The system 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 are candidates for robotic spine surgery. You may be eligible for this approach if you’ve been diagnosed with:

  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal instability
  • Spondylolysis
  • Fractured vertebra
  • Spinal tumors
  • Infection
  • Scoliosis

To determine if Dr. Stieber's NYC robotic spine surgery is an appropriate approach for your condition, we recommend scheduling an initial consultation at his New York office. A board-certified and fellowship-trained 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 of upwards of $1-2 million, not including the costs of some of the disposable attachments. Robotic spinal surgery generally costs more than laparoscopic surgery by about $3,000 to $6,000 depending upon the exact procedure and length or operation. 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.

Robotic spinal surgery is classed by insurance companies as a minimally invasive surgery that is robot-assisted and is therefore covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare. Your coverage is 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 specific to the individual operation.

What is the Recovery Time for Robotic Spine Surgery?

Every patient has his or her 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 with a precision and accuracy unparalleled by traditional techniques. Its superb 3D imaging capabilities enables Dr. Stieber to create a precise map of your spine’s target area.

Older techniques, although effective, often carry with them 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 the 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 what was done with your spine to correct your condition, full recovery can take between 12 weeks and six months. During this time, you will be able to progressively be more active. 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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Additionally, we will continue to see select patients in the office for consultation and follow-up visits, including preoperative and postoperative appointments. Our doctors continue to perform procedures in our private, free-standing surgery center that offers an array of outpatient surgical services to treat spinal issues such as acute back pain, disc herniations, sciatica, and pinched nerves in the back or neck. We are also able to offer clean and efficient on-site x-ray capabilities in our office.

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