Patients undergoing orthopedic spine surgery are hoping to increase functionality and return to a normal life. Robot-assisted procedures are an alternative to traditional surgical techniques.
At St. Luke's Wood River, the Mazor Robotics® Renaissance Guidance System® is available to assist a spine surgeon in three distinct ways:
- Planning. Prior to the operation the surgeon performs a computerized tomography scan (CT scan) of the patient. Then, software creates a 3-D rendering of the spine allowing the surgeon to plan the procedure in advance.
- Operation. Once in the operating room, the surgeon performs the procedure with the help of the robotic system. The robot assists the surgeon in guiding screws into their accurate location to stabilize the spine.
- Efficiency. The Mazor system allows surgeons to execute the surgical plan without any anatomical surprises. Implants can be pre-selected and prepped for the spine surgery team prior to surgery.
The Mazor Robotics System can be used in surgeries for conditions like scoliosis, and in procedures such as vertebroplasty (treatment of osteoporotic compression fractures), spine fusions, and biopsies.