Robotic-Guided Spine Surgery

capital-medicalA new, minimally invasive surgical option is now available at Capital Medical Center for patients needing spine surgery, including spinal fusion, vertebroplasty and scoliosis correction. The Mazor Robotics Renaissance, a state-of-the-art guidance system for spine surgery, is now being used to assist the hospital’s orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons. Capital Medical Center is the first hospital in Washington to offer robotic-guided spine surgery.

“Capital Medical Center is committed to bringing advanced technology and the best treatment options to our patients,” said Jim Geist, CEO. “Adding this state-of-the-art system to our nationally recognized spine program goes hand-in-hand with the $16.3 million expansion of our surgical department that is happening this year.”

Medical experts agree that minimally invasive surgery has been shown to mean smaller incisions, shorter hospitalizations, less pain and faster recovery for patients. But smaller incisions usually pose a challenge to surgeons because of the lack of a direct line of vision, and can require many intraoperative X-rays to compensate. Renaissance helps surgeons overcome these challenges, says Geist. The system has been clinically validated to ensure 1.5mm accuracy for increased patient safety, which translates to the best possible clinical results for patients, with less use of fluoroscopy.

Before entering the operating room, surgeons use Renaissance to preplan the optimal surgery in a CT-based, 3-D simulation of a patient’s spine. During surgery, Renaissance guides the surgeon’s hand and tools to the precise location. In a recent multicenter study published in the medical journal Spine, investigators stated that Mazor Robotics’ technology “offers enhanced performance in spinal surgery when compared to freehand surgeries, by increasing placement accuracy and reducing neurologic risks.”

“Renaissance has been a tremendous addition to the spine surgery program at Capital Medical Center,” says Andrew Manista, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon and chief of staff. The ability to preplan a patient’s surgery and the precision of the system during the procedure, he says, are significant advantages for a wide variety of clinical applications, from minimally invasive procedures to complex spinal deformity correction.

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