Physicians at North Fulton Hospital are now offering adults needing spine surgery a minimally invasive procedure using the Mazor Robot. This advanced technology, combined with the expertise of the hospitalâ€™s board certified orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons, may provide less rehabilitation from surgery and get patients back to normal activities much more quickly. Surgeons performed the first procedure using the robotic technology at the hospital on August 20.
Minimally invasive surgery means less pain, smaller incisions, shorter hospitalizations and faster recovery for the patient. But minimally invasive surgeries are also challenging due to the surgeonâ€™s lack of direct line-of-vision, often requiring many intraoperative X-rays. The Renaissance™ Mazor Robotic spine system overcomes the issue of multiple x-rays, providing patients with the best possible clinical results with minimal intraoperative radiation.
The Renaissance™ is used to plan the surgery in a virtual 3D environment before anyone enters the operating room. This plan is then used to actively guide the surgeon during the procedure, allowing for much greater accuracy than traditional surgeries. Because the hardware and software tools enable a variety of spine procedures, it has a wide range of clinical applications including open surgeries, minimally invasive surgeries, osteotomies and biopsies. It is also particularly useful in surgeries involving pedicle screws for spinal fusions, disc replacement, scoliosis, and other complex spinal deformities.