The National Health Service (NHS) and Globus Medical have partnered to provide state-of-the-art robotic navigation technology for spinal surgery to NHS hospitals across the UK.
According to a press release, the partnership will allow NHS trust hospitals to seamlessly implement the ExcelsiusGPS robotic assisted spine system into operating theatres, providing patients and surgeons with leading technology.
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was the first to purchase ExcelsiusGPS in April 2022, and the first to perform clinical cases.
Following shortly after, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool collaborated with NHS Procurement to allow all NHS hospitals to access the technology. The Walton Centre purchased their own ExcelsiusGPS system in early October and began cases immediately after.
Colin Nnadi, an orthopaedic surgeon at Oxford University Hospitals, said: “We are exceptionally proud of the acquisition of this new technology, which will improve the quality of spinal surgery carried out in the trust.”
Chief executive at The Walton Centre, Jan Ross, added: “This exciting new innovation is going to change the face of spinal surgery here at The Walton Centre and beyond. Our surgeons have already successfully operated on patients with the ExcelsiusGPS robotic navigation system and are planning to apply the benefits of this new technology to many more procedures.
“The team has worked incredibly hard to get this project across the line, and they are pioneering how spinal operations can be modernised for the NHS going forward. This system will mean a more efficient service for our patients.”
ExcelsiusGPS is designed to improve safety, accuracy, and efficiency in the operating theatre.
Jay Martin, president of imaging, navigation, and robotics at Globus Medical, noted that the partnership “is a significant milestone for both Globus Medical and the NHS to fundamentally change the future of spine surgery in the UK”.