This article is part of the Comprehensive Guide to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
Back pain isn’t normal—and you don’t have to suffer. OrthoIndy is the first hospital in Indiana to perform less invasive spine surgery with the Mazor X Robotic Guidance System.
Whether you’re in the first stage of research about your back pain or you’ve already decided to have back surgery, read on to find out how the Mazor X Robotic Guidance System is part of the latest technological advances in robotic spine surgery.
What is the Mazor X Robotic Guidance System?
The Mazor X Robotic Guidance System combines pre-operative planning tools and guidance during less invasive spine surgery, giving OrthoIndy spine surgeons advanced spinal surgery options.
“The Mazor X is a tool that does not replace me as a surgeon but rather enhances my ability to safely and reliably perform surgery,” OrthoIndy spine surgeon Greg Poulter says.
“In addition, it is the promise of future developments that make robotic back surgery so promising. Further integration of imaging and guidance will allow us new ways to see the spine and perform more complex surgeries through the smallest incisions in ways that have not previously been possible.”
What are the benefits of surgery with the Mazor X?
Hospitals choose the Mazor X System to provide surgeons with a pre-operative assessment of a patient and precision during less invasive spine surgery. As spinal surgery has evolved, more focus has been placed on minimally invasive techniques, and this is where the Mazor X System can deliver its greatest technological benefits.
What is minimally-invasive spine surgery has been a major focus in recent years. The OrthoIndy Spine surgeons can use the Mazor X Robotic Guidance System to assist with both less invasive spine surgery and complex surgical cases. This means smaller scars and a faster recovery time in some cases.
How does it work?
Surgical treatment of the spine requires careful planning and precision, accounting for a patient’s own unique body type. With Mazor X’s 3D planning, your surgeon creates a highly-customized surgical plan prior to entering the operating room.
During the procedure, your surgeon uses mechanical guidance to implement the procedure with exceptional precision based on this customized surgical plan – providing consistent results and optimal outcomes for patients.
Even less invasive spine surgery can be a scary prospect for a lot of patients. Worries about accuracy, patient outcomes, and recovery time are common. Thankfully, when it comes to spine surgery performed with the Mazor X Guidance System, you can rest easy.
During Mazor robotic spine surgery, the robotics system is not independent and does not cut or perform any action on your body. Only your surgeon performs the required procedures such as placing implants. Your surgeon is in full control of the system at all times. Also, at any stage, your surgeon can decide to continue without the assistance of the Mazor X.
“Spine robotic surgery does not take away from my human touch and skills, rather this further refines my skills,” says OrthoIndy spine surgeon Robert Huler.
Am I a candidate for less invasive spine surgery?
If you are one of the many that suffer from a debilitating spinal condition or back pain, you may be a candidate for less invasive spine surgery with the Mazor X System. Surgery with Mazor Robotics technology provides increased safety and precision for a wide variety of spine procedures, and in some cases, allows for minimally-invasive spine surgery.
“At this time, any patient who is undergoing a spinal fusion surgery is a candidate to use robotic technology to potentially improve the accuracy of implant placement, which ultimately would improve the safety and outcomes of the surgery,” OrthoIndy spine surgeon Kevin O’Neill says.
An OrthoIndy spine surgeon may use the robotic guidance system to perform a less invasive spine surgery to treat conditions such as scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, kyphosis and spondylolisthesis.
While many patients are candidates for less invasive spine surgery with Mazor Robotics technology, talk to your physician about all surgical and non-surgical options available to you.
OrthoIndy Hospital has established its reputation as a leader in less invasive spine surgery with its advanced technologies and excellence in patient care. The Mazor X Robotic Guidance System helps us continue our leadership in spine surgery excellence.
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