Robotic Guidance with Spine Surgery at JOI


What is Mazor X Stealth Robotic Guidance Spine Surgery?

Mazor X Stealth Robotic Guidance Spine Surgery is a new innovative technology that assists spine surgeons during Lumbar Spinal Fusion procedures at Baptist Health's downtown location.  It allows our JOI surgeon to create a detailed surgical plan for each individual patient prior to beginning the surgery.  Robotic Spine Surgery utilizes robotic arms to guide surgical devices and instruments. This allows the surgeon to have a more precise angle and position when entering the spine.  Robotic Spine Surgery also allows for complex spinal fusion surgery to be performed with small incisions or it is frequently referred to as more minimally invasive. 

Watch this VIDEO on Mazor X Robotic Guidance Spinal Surgery or read on to learn more.

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What is a Spinal Fusion?

A spinal fusion is a surgical procedure in which a spine surgeon connects 2 or more vertebrae together. This is usually performed using plates and pedicle screws.  The disk which lies between the vertebrae is typically removed and a spacer is placed between the 2 vertebrae.  This prevents movement at those spine levels and can decrease compression on the nerves at that spine level.  In other words, this procedure can significantly decrease the amount of pain in your back. 

There are several conditions that may lead to lumbar spinal fusion. These include:

The spine is a series of bones that stack to give the body its structure.Spinal Anatomy

Robotic-Assisted Spine Surgery

A spinal fusion is typically a last resort procedure with spine issues as it is invasive.  Historically, orthopedic spine surgeons performed spinal fusions freehand.  They utilized an x-ray device called a fluoroscope to take pictures during the procedure.  The pictures helped to guide the surgeon to determine if the pedicle screws were entering at the correct angle and to the proper depth.  

Physicians now have the option to utilize the Mazor X Stealth Robotic Guidance Technology with spinal fusions.  This process helps the surgeon to be more precise with their placement of screws during surgery and avoid excessive X-ray films. 

If you would like to learn more, go to the anatomy of the spine or watch this video


Why would I want Robotic-Guidance Spine Surgery?

Robotic guidance with spine surgery can provide benefits over the traditional spinal fusion method.  Some of these include:

  • Smaller incisions or minimally invasive.

  • Less radiation.
  • Shorter hospital stay.
  • Greater predictability during the procedure.
  • Improved outcomes.
  • Precise placement of hardware due to robotic guidance during the surgery.

Mazor Robotic Assisted Spine surgery allows the surgeon to create a plan prior to surgery to improve accuracy.Robotic Guidance with Spine Surgery

The robotic guidance system helps the surgeon align the surgical devices. This decreases the need for excessive area visualization by the surgeon and allows for smaller incisions. Smaller incisions may help to decrease the risk of infection and post-operative complications. The lower risk can lead to shorter hospital stays for some patients and improved outcomes. 

The robotic guidance system presets the depth and angle of the pedicle screws and controls this process during screw placement. This allows for more precision with less need for fluoroscopic pictures during the procedure. Some studies show that this decreases the amount of radiation exposure by up to 50% during the spinal fusion procedure. 

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Who uses Robotic-Guidance Spine Surgery?

Mazor X Stealth Robotic-Assisted spinal fusion is available at Baptist Health Downtown Campus in Jacksonville, Florida.  Dr. Gregory Keller and Dr. James Perry are JOI Orthopedic Spine Surgeons at this campus who are utilizing this technology to perform lumbar fusion surgery.  The procedure is currently performed at the Baptist Hospital in Downtown Jacksonville in partnership with the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute.


Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Gregory Keller and Dr. James Perry are board-certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeons who are using Mazor X Stealth Robotic Guidance System with Spine Surgery with the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute.  Minimally Invasive spine surgery provides a more precise option with smaller scars compared to open procedures. They also perform many other types of back surgery.  You and your physician will determine in your pre-planning consult to determine which procedure is BEST for YOU!.  

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If you want to learn more about this procedure, please give us a call.  A consult with one of our physicians would determine if this innovative procedure is the best option for you.  If you have terrible lower back pain or neck pain, and would like to make an appointment with Dr. Keller or Dr. Perry, please call (904)JOI-2000, schedule online, or click the link below. 

By: Ehren Allen, DPT, COMT

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