World’s First Robot-Assisted Spinal Surgery Performed at Penn Medicine

Neil Malhotra, MD and Bert W. O’Malley, MD, led a world-first robot-assisted spinal surgery to remove a chordoma tumor, helping to save the life of 28-year-old Noah Pernikoff.

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X-ray of world's first robotic robotic-assisted spine surgery at Penn Medicine | Photo courtesy of CBS3

Whether your discomfort is due to overuse, wear and tear or a traumatic event, Penn Medicine orthopaedic specialists are here to help. From diagnosis through recovery, we create a unique treatment plan designed around you.

The Penn Medicine Spine Center provides comprehensive clinical care and surgery for patients with spine and neck injuries or disorders. The expertise of orthopaedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, rehabilitation physicians and psychologists, combined with advanced non-surgical and surgical treatments and procedures, make Penn's Spine Service one of the most sophisticated and comprehensive programs of its kind.

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Conditions and Treatments

The orthopaedic specialists at the Penn Spine Center are dedicated to using surgical and nonsurgical treatments for conditions that affect the spine and neck.

Orthopaedic Spine Treatment Team

Our team provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for spine and neck injuries and disorders.

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