ROSA® Robotic Surgical Assistant
We've elevated our epilepsy, movement disorder and brain tumor care programs by adding the ROSA® robotic surgical assistant to the technologies in Cambridge Tower A. The ROSA stereo electroencephalography robot allows for greater accuracy in placing electrodes that show where seizures occur. These are used in epilepsy surgery and deep brain stimulation. The technology enables a faster, more precise, less invasive procedure, reducing risk, accelerating healing and improving outcomes.
Benefits of ROSA
ROSA offers many advantages, including:
- Eliminates the need for frame placement to immobilize the patient's head
- Decreases procedure time by several hours
- Increases patient safety
- Improves accuracy of electrode placement, elevating patient outcomes
Conditions treated by ROSA
Our Level 4 Epilepsy Center – the only one in Kansas – provides complete and advanced services.
Our experts help patients maintain function and enjoy life after a movement disorder diagnosis.
Ranked among the nation's best
Our neurosciences program is the region's largest, and U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked our neurology and neurosurgery services among the nation's top 50. Survival rates, patient safety and specialized staff all contribute to this success.
Frequently asked questions
What is ROSA?
ROSA includes a software system and robotic arm. It supports precise placement of depth electrodes – made of thin wires that are placed deep within the brain to detect seizure activity – in brain surgeries.
What are its advantages?
ROSA allows us to place electrodes deep within the brain in an accurate, efficient and minimally invasive manner. We can complete ROSA-guided procedures in half the time of traditional procedures, such as open craniotomy. This promotes safety and recovery, as patients spend less time under anesthesia. ROSA reduces the risk for human error and increases operational efficiency.
What types of patients will receive ROSA-guided surgery?
Any patients in need of depth electrode placement may be candidates for ROSA-guided surgery. Today, we are using ROSA primarily for people with epilepsy. We place depth electrodes that collect data to help us pinpoint the source of seizures. ROSA would also be helpful in deep brain stimulation procedures used in epilepsy, movement disorder and brain tumor care.
How does ROSA work?
ROSA software is used to support detailed presurgical planning. The locations of the patient's brain structures, such as blood vessels, are evaluated and optimal electrode placement is planned. The entry point and target of each electrode is mapped to create the optimal surgical paths. During surgery, the robotic arm assists in precisely navigating to each predefined location. The robot provides instrument guidance as each electrode is placed into the brain. We make small incisions in the scalp and small holes in the skull to implant the electrodes.
How does this compare with traditional methods?
Traditional methods are clinically effective, but ROSA is less invasive. With a traditional craniotomy, the skull is opened and the brain exposed. ROSA provides a minimally invasive option with precision and accuracy that allows for widespread monitoring. ROSA is also faster than traditional stereotactic frame-based methods.
Do any other hospitals in the area use ROSA technology?
We are the only organization in the Kansas City area currently using ROSA technology.