What does a robot have to do with spine surgery? Actually this is the latest and most impressive advance in spine surgery that greatly improves the precision of spine surgery.
The Mazor surgical robotic guidance system creates pinpoint precision throughout the spine surgery, which increases accuracy and favorable clinical outcomes. This highly advanced robotic system has been used in thousands of spinal procedures worldwide, including spinal implants.
The Mazor robotic technology is especially beneficial for complex spine surgeries. The intuitive interface can plan operations in a virtual 3D environment, which creates a surgical blueprint for better accuracy. The surgeon maintains full control during surgery. The robotic guidance system simply guides the surgeon to the optimal entry point and the precise trajectories needed during the surgery. Because much of the work is done before surgery with the robotic system developing a surgical plan for ideal location of screw placement, less time is needed in the Operating Room. This reduces time under fluoroscopy for the patient and the OR staff.
The new robotic guidance system is ideally suited for minimally invasive spine surgery. Smaller incisions can pose a challenge to surgeons with less direct line-of-vision and intra-operative X-rays may be used to compensate for this. Robotic guidance systems are simply the next evolution in the trend toward smaller incisions that provide great benefit to the patient.
Many patients are unaware that many older spine surgeons are still using traditional open spine surgery with 3-inch incisions. The training involved to operate through a half-inch incision and tubular retractors is significant and many older surgeons are reluctant to commit to the necessary training in the end of their career, even though there is significant benefit to the patient from a tiny incision, including less blood loss, faster recovery with less pain.
The Mazor robotic technology makes use of new technology that provides more precise guidance to the spine surgeon during spine surgery for placement of fixation screws.
To date, Mazor cites thousands of cases performed to date worldwide with the system, and tens of thousands of screws placed using the guidance system. Benefits of the Mazor Robotic spine surgery system include:
Patient can find out if they are a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery and Robotic guidance by calling Spine Group Alabama for a consultation, at 205-271-6511.