Pioneering a New Option for Patients in Pennsylvania
Mazor X™ is unique because it uses a 3-D imaging system to view the bones of the spine before surgery. This helps surgeons plan precisely for implant and instrument positioning before the surgery and eliminates the need for additional preoperative testing.
The Mazor X™ robot is mounted directly to the patient’s bed and uses 3-D modeling to improve accuracy. With the surgeons in full control, the Medtronic O-arm® guides the tools and implants according to the surgical plan.
Minimally invasive surgery is typically performed through small incisions, and surgeons use microscopes and endoscopes to view the spinal structures on a 3-D monitor. Mazor X™ gives them accurate visual guides through real-time imaging that lets them see inside the body as surgery is underway.
In addition, the surgical arm extends the surgeons’ reach, allowing them to approach the spine from a variety of directions, for increased surgical options.
According to Dr. Whiting, spinal fusion has traditionally been done using an open technique. Because this requires a large incision, patients are at risk for increased blood loss, longer hospital stays, and more severe scarring.
“Mazor X™ greatly enhances the capabilities of our surgeons to help us achieve the best possible outcomes for patients undergoing spine surgery, including less post-operative pain, fewer complications, and a quicker recovery,” said Dr. Whiting.