St. Petersburg children's hospital pioneers robotic neurosurgery technology

All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg, the first Florida hospital to use the newest generation of robotic neurosurgery technology, has performed surgeries to help children with epilepsy using the breakthrough procedure.


All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg, the first Florida hospital to use the newest generation of robotic neurosurgery technology, has performed surgeries to help children with epilepsy using the breakthrough procedure.

Operations that originally took 12 hours can now be executed in under two hours, alleviating the patient’s discomfort and recovery time, by using the ROSA robotic surgical assistant to help pinpoint the source of seizures. The device, manufactured by Medtech, is used by about 20 hospitals in North America, according to pediatric neurosurgeon George Jallo, who directs the facility’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences.

“The robot acts as a navigation system for the brain,” Gerald Tuite, pediatric neurosurgeon with the hospital's Institute for Brain Protection Sciences, said . “Our team reviews areas of abnormal brain activity and enters the data into the ROSA robot prior to surgery. During surgery, the robotic arm directs electrodes to a pre-planned path that allows the neurosurgeons to make tiny, precise incisions and remove the areas where seizures occur.”

All Children’s Hospital is the most advanced children’s hospital on Florida’s west coast and a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital. With over 50 pediatric specialties and 259 beds, All Children’s Hospital is dedicated to advancing children’s health through treatment, research, education and advocacy.

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