Szabolcs Szeöke is a specialist in neurosurgery and head physician of the Clinic for Spinal Surgery at the Brüderkrankenhaus St. Josef hospital in Paderborn and St.-Marien-Hospital in Marsberg (BBT Group).
The Clinic for Spinal Surgery at the Brüderkrankenhaus St. Josef hospital in Paderborn provides patients with competent and comprehensive care from their first consultation to their follow-up treatment. The clinic’s treatment spectrum ranges from diagnostics and conservative pain therapy for spinal disorders to surgical treatment of all relevant clinical pictures, with the exception of juvenile scolioses. Before planned surgical interventions, comprehensive consultations take place during which Szeöke’s team of spine specialists answer all the patient’s questions.
The clinic’s technical equipment is state-of-the-art. In addition to its high-performance surgical microscopes, an intraoperative 3D image converter, intraoperative neuromonitoring and other technical support technologies, since 2016 the clinic has been one of only four clinics in Germany equipped with a navigation robot for surgical screw placement for cases of spondylolisthesis and vertebral fractures.
The Brüderkrankenhaus St. Josef in Paderborn is the first hospital in Germany to use the innovative Mazor X miniature robot system. Although the system assists with spinal operations, it does not perform them on its own. Each surgical procedure is planned in advance using the three-dimensional planning software based on computer tomography (CT) images. The individual vertebrae are already mapped in 3D high resolution on the screen before the operation. This helps identify and take anatomical difficulties into account in advance. It is also possible to precisely match the required implants to the patient’s anatomical conditions.
Movement guidance during the operation is also precisely determined in advance on the computer. The miniature robot is fixed to the patient’s spine right before the operation begins. During the surgical procedure, the device provides physical guidance to the surgeon while the surgeon himself performs the operation. This allows the surgeon to place the screws with very high precision. It also helps reduce radiation exposure due to increased X-rays during surgery.
The robot is used, for example, in the treatment of spinal stenosis with spondylolisthesis or spinal fractures and currently meets the highest technical standards in spinal surgery.The Clinic for Spinal Surgery at the Brüderkrankenhaus St. Josef hospital in Paderborn is currently the only clinic in Germany equipped with this robotic system.