What are the benefits of the Mazor Robotics System in spinal surgery?

The benefits of the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System are that spine surgery is both more precise and less invasive (and therefore less painful).

Traditionally, spinal surgery is exceedingly painful because of the dissection, which exposes the areas of the spine for placement of pedicle screws freehand. By using the Mazor Robotics Guidance System, the surgeon makes an incision that is just a centimeter long, uses a guide that is about the diameter of a pencil to place the screw and uses a high-speed drill to anchor the pedicle. The speed of the procedure means less surgical time, which is always better for the patient.

The robot allows for nearly perfect trajectory to place these screws into the spine, avoiding all concerns people have such as being paralyzed, damaging a nerve, or having a severe amount of pain after surgery. The robot really guides the surgeon’s hand. The surgeon is still needed, so we haven’t become obsolete yet, but the robot has perfected this portion of spine surgery to make pedicle screw placement nearly perfect.

Furthermore, the robot allows the surgeon to minimize the amount of radiation that the patient is exposed to during the surgery. Traditionally, spinal surgery has required a lot of x-rays. With robotic technology, there is just one x-ray to start, one x-ray at the end and the rest of it is without x-ray.

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