Children’s Team Performs Breakthrough Robotic Neurosurgery

Our very best pediatric neurosurgeons, neurosurgical anesthesiologist, radiologists, nurses and staff all came together in an environment of excellence last week to perform the first robotic operating surgical assistant (ROSA™) guided bilateral thalamic responsive neurostimulation (RNS) for a young child. This incredible milestone took place in our new Hubbard Center world-class surgery suite to provide the most advanced and precise technology with real-time advances — unique to this region.

Afshin Salehi, M.D., M.S., Pediatric Neurosurgery, assistant professor, UNMC Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery shared, “This procedure is offered in only a handful of centers in the country for the toddler age range. Our team should be proud of what they accomplished, and the medical breakthroughs being made at Children’s so more children and their families can live their very best lives. Nothing is more important or inspiring to us.” 

With a new robotic operating surgical assistant/ROSA robot and intraoperative MRI (iMRI), Children’s has combined robotics with OR and MR for the safest and best outcomes.  It’s just one way this fully contemporary surgical suite provides the most advanced and precise technology in the region. “It’s a real game changer for neurosurgery in that it can be used for tumor cases, epilepsy cases, laser cases, pituitary lesions, and stereo-tactical purposes,” adds Dr. Salehi.