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Introducing ROSA™ to Valley Children’s

When a child comes to Valley Children’s, we want to make sure they have the most specialized care, complemented by the most innovative treatment options available.

Valley Children’s is excited to have ROSA™ technology in our operating room to help pediatric epilepsy patients who experience seizures have more options available, helping them receive the best treatment, recover quickly and return to being a kid faster.

What is ROSA™?

ROSA™ is a robotic surgical assistant, used to help surgeons navigate and position instruments in a brain without having to open the patient’s skull, as other traditional methods require. This device uses a console and a robotic arm to help a neurosurgeon plan out exact pathways needed to carry out a procedure. The neurosurgeon then uses ROSA™ as a guide, providing robotic alignment resulting in lower operating times, eliminating the need for traditional craniotomies.

How does ROSA™ help our epilepsy patients?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 3.4 million people in the U.S. that currently either take medication to try to control seizures, or have had a seizure in the past year. Around 56% of epilepsy patients have seizures that cannot be controlled by medication. These patients, referred to as refractory patients, may not have previously been candidates for surgery due to the process the surgery might entail. Now, with ROSA™, more epilepsy patients quality for surgery.

For children undergoing neurosurgery, the ROSA™ technology provides the neurosurgeon a guide for placing electrodes, leading to a shorter operating time and the most minimally invasive procedure. This means less anesthesia needs to be used, allowing children to recover faster than ever before.