New robotic spine surgery incorporates 3D planning, info systems

The Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery at Reston (Va.) Hospital Center is implementing a new version of the Mazor X imaging system for robotic-assisted spine surgery.

The hospital says it is the first facility worldwide to use the upgraded version, called the Mazor XStealth Edition System.

Christopher Good, MD, performed the first spine fusion using the new technology that combines 3-dimensional surgical planning, robotic guidance and intraoperative navigation confirmation.

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The updated Mazor system adds procedural predictability and flexibility through real-time image guidance, visualization and navigation informed by interactive 3-D planning and information systems.

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“The Mazor X Stealth Edition is a revolutionary new technology that uses state-of-the-art software to plan the ideal surgical procedure, then uses a robotic arm to guide the steps of the procedure with extreme accuracy while simultaneously using real-time imaging feedback to ensure the plan is carried out as desired, ultimately leading to better outcomes for our patients,” Good explains.

Reston Hospital Center in 2012 was one of the first providers in the nation to adopt the original Mazor technology and the facility performs more than 1,500 spine surgeries annually.

The hospital also is one of eight hospitals offering Visiting Clinician Programs to train radiologists on Mazor technologies. The program includes education on how a comprehensive surgical program runs from operational and administrative perspectives.

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