Robotic pediatric spinal surgery is a first in West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University surgeon has performed the state’s first robotic pediatric spinal surgery.

WVU Medicine said in a news release Wednesday that Dr. John Lubicky used a robotic surgical guidance system to perform the procedure to treat a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue and severe scoliosis.

Lubicky is chief of pediatric orthopedics at WVU Medicine Children’s.

The release said the robot is able to identify and access critical parts of the anatomy and safely insert implants into the vertebrae. Lubicky said the robot makes it possible to perform a procedure on abnormal anatomy that would be difficult with a traditional freehand method.

The release said the patient is recovering.

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