Robotic Spine Surgery Specialist

Pawel Jankowski, MD -  - Neurosurgeon

Pawel Jankowski, MD

Neurosurgeon & Spine Specialist located in Irvine, CA & Newport Beach, CA

Robotic assisted spine surgery is one the latest advancements in the field offering minimally invasive and highly precise surgical capabilities to treat a vast number of spine disorders. Spine fellowship-trained neurosurgeon Pawel Jankowski, MD, in Irvine and Newport Beach, California has considerable expertise in robotic-assisted technologies. Dr. Jankowski was one of the first surgeons in the country to perform an extensive number of complex spine procedures using the Globus ExcelsiusGPS™ robotic system. To find out more, call Dr. Jankowski today or book an appointment online.

Robotic Spine Surgery Q & A

What is robotic spine surgery?

Robotic spine surgery is a state-of-the-art technology that enables Dr. Jankowski to perform operations with greater skill and accuracy.

Using the ExcelsiusGPS robotic system, Dr. Jankowski has the benefit of being able to use the most advanced imaging equipment available. This helps him to better visualize your anatomy and direct the robotic tools to make precise incisions.

Robotic spine surgery represents the ultimate in minimally invasive technology, which offers patients considerable benefits.


What are the benefits of minimally invasive robotic spine surgery?

Minimally invasive robotic spine surgery has many advantages, including:

  • Less pain
  • Less tissue damage
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Faster healing
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Minimal scarring

Robotic guidance and navigation help Dr. Jankowski make informed decisions as he operates.

Why might I need robotic spine surgery?

You might need robotic spine surgery for back problems that aren’t responding to any other treatments.

If you have back pain, the initial treatment program is likely to involve noninvasive approaches like physical therapy, traction, massage, and pain medication. If these methods aren’t working, Dr. Jankowski might give you spinal injections containing steroid medication and local anesthetic.

Most patients find these treatment methods resolve their pain and improve function, so they have no need to undergo surgery. However, if your condition isn’t improving after following a course of conservative treatment, you might require surgical intervention.

Dr. Jankowski specializes in performing complex spinal surgeries. Minimally invasive robotic spine surgery is his preferred method for conditions like scoliosis and others causing lower back pain.

How does robotic spine surgery work?

Dr. Jankowski uses the ExcelsiusGPS to carry out robotic spine surgery. On the day of your surgery you undergo medical scans to produce images for the ExcelsiusGPS. Dr. Jankowski uses these images to establish the size and placement of the implants he’s going to use and creates a plan for your surgery based on your anatomy. 

With this information, Dr. Jankowski guides the rigid robotic arm to the exact section of your spine. He then uses the plan to accurately position the implants using specialized instruments. Throughout your surgery, the instruments and any implants Dr. Jankowski’s using are always visible. The display on the monitor allows him to view live feedback during your operation to ensure the most precise implant placement.

Dr. Jankowski performs minimally invasive robotic spine surgery at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California.