Science & Technology
4:39 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Robotic Spine Surgery: The Future Is Here

Some of the Littauer Surgical Team, pictured with Dr. Shen and the new technology.
Some of the Littauer Surgical Team, pictured with Dr. Shen and the new technology.
Credit Nathan Littauer Hospital

A small Fulton County Hospital is on its way to becoming a major destination for patients in need of back surgery.

Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville has purchased and received its first Renaissance Robotic System, a groundbreaking technology offering new hope for patients suffering from debilitating spine pain.

Renaissance is the only FDA approved surgical guidance system for spine surgeries, which will be performed by Dr. Jian Shen, who is responsible for bringing the technology to Gloversville.

One of Dr. Shen's patients, WAMC President and CEO Alan Chartock,went under the knife on a Monday and back to work early Tuesday morning. Chartock says Dr. Shen is looking to find and train an associate to assist him in performing spine surgery.  

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