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Spectrum’s new robotic arm to assist in brain surgery

A new technology is allowing doctors at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids to access the deepest parts of the human brain. The robotic arm is meant to help those with epilepsy, movement disorders and brain tumors.

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Robot changes neurosurgery patient's lives for the better

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital has new technology advancing treatment for kids with brain disorders. It's a robot named Rosa.

Melody RHOADES
Discopathie dégénérative

“I went straight home. No rehab. No complications. There was a little pain, but I had a lot more pain before the surgery,”
“I was the first patient to have ROSA-assisted surgery at Miami Valley Hospital. My doctor’s Dr. Torres. I’d been having back pain for about three years radiating into my legs and my lower back. So after various tests to see what the situation was, it was decided by Dr. Torres that I needed to have L4, L5 and S1 stabilized and so they did a fusion, plus they cleaned it out or they made a little extra room for the nerves so that I wouldn’t have any impingement. The surgery was done April 21st. I can’t say there was no pain – there was but there was pain prior to surgery and I’m amazed that here it is after 5 weeks and I feel as I’m doing fantastic”

Aaron Smith
7 years old

Shawn Smith's son Aaron has a better life thanks to ROSA.
"It's been like night and day compared to where he was, and where he is at now," his father Mathew Smith said.
"He could have anywhere from 10 seizures a day, right behind each other," Shawn explained
"This machine, this ROSA worked out great for him," Shawn said.

Jason McFate
29 years-old, epilepsy

“You’ve got to weigh your options. You either deal with having seizures or try and improve your life. It’s definitely working: going from three seizures a week, and I’ve only had three since they turned it on’’