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Mazor Debuts in Victoria

On the 22nd January 2015, LifeHealthcare achieved an important Mazor milestone with a successful first robotic case at the Valley Private Hospital. The L3-L5 TLIF open procedure with a scoliotic patient included the accurate and timely placement of 6 pedicle screws. Professor Richard Bittar, assisted by Mohammad Awad, commented after the case “The robot takes away the stress off pedicle screw placement” and “the screws are aligned with our preoperative plan”. The operation went smoothly with the operating team, LHC and Mazor personnel working in strong collaboration in the OR.

The case was performed following a comprehensive robotic training week with the LifeHealthcare integration team delivering didactic and hands-on workshops to the Valley’s surgeons, nurses, radiology, and sterilisation groups. The hospital CEO and management team have been highly engaged and are pleased with the clinical and commercial value the robot is expected to add to their hospital.

This significant event and subsequent successful robotic surgeries received national media attention. Following are links to articles and that discussed the procedures.


Successful Validation with Mazor Robotics

Mazor Robotics RenaissanceTM robot executes highly accurate, complex spinal procedures delivering increase patient safety, fewer complications and requiring lower radiation doses as compared to traditional surgical intervention. Utilizing the images from a high quality pre-operative CT scan, attending surgeons carefully map out the procedure in a three-dimensional, virtual environment ensuring accurate placement of screws and implants. The images provided by NeuroLogica’s portable CT scanner BodyTomTM were proven to be compatible with Mazor’s planning software.

“We are pleased to announce the successful validation between the BodyTom and the Renaissance robot,” says Dr. Eric M. Bailey, CEO of NeuroLogica. “Soon patients across the globe will benefit from the combination of the superior images of BodyTom and the cutting edge technology developed by Mazor Robotics.”

“Compatibility of Mazor’s Renaissance robot with leading imaging products is important to our customers” said Ori Hadomi, CEO of Mazor Robotics. “So while surgeons can still use regular CT scanners for the planning, they can also use intra-operative CTs, such as BodyTom, which are quickly gaining popularity with them.”

NeuroLogica’s BodyTom™ is a completely portable, full body 32 slice CT that boasts an 85cm gantry and 60cm field of view. The battery powered BodyTom™ can be transported from room to room providing high quality CT images in the clinic, ICU, OR and Emergency/Trauma Department. BodyTom™ is DICOM 3.1 compliant and compatible with all PACS, surgical navigation, surgical robots, electronic medical records and planning systems.


Spinal Robotic Surgery Debate at ISASS

Spinal Robotic Surgery Debate at ISASS Advanced MIS Course in Las Vegas; Dr. Isador Lieberman reaches 250 Mazor Robotics case milestone

ORLANDO, Fla., January 30, 2014 – Last week, Dr. Isador Lieberman of Texas Back Institute gave a podium presentation on robotic technique for spine surgery with Mazor Robotics Renaissance™ Guidance System to attendees of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) Advanced MIS Course in Las Vegas, Nev. The lecture was part of a debate on the application of robotics and navigation in spine surgery. Dr. Antonio Castellvi of Florida Orthopaedic Institute also contributed to the debate and presented results of his Renaissance case series during the course.

Prior to the conference, Dr. Lieberman reached a milestone of 250 spine surgery cases with Mazor Robotics technology.

“I use the Renaissance system because it really does facilitate a more efficient and more accurate surgical procedure,” said Dr. Lieberman. “The Renaissance system is an integral part of my practice.”

In Dr. Lieberman’s presentation at the ISASS course, he included a review of the study published in European Spine Journal last year that concluded 98.9 percent accuracy when implanting pedicle screws using the Renaissance system in 101 consecutive cases. 1 Ninety percent of the sample group had severe deformity and/or previous spine surgery that failed to correct the condition.

Historically, extreme curves and abnormalities of the spine can pose a significant challenge to surgeons when placing implants. With the Renaissance system’s virtual 3D planning software, the surgeon can better anticipate these obstacles and a solution can be determined before even entering the operating room (watch “How it Works”).

Dr. Antonio Castellvi presented on the placement of 103 screws in his first 12 Renaissance percutaneous procedures (97.1 percent accuracy), proving the advantages of using the Renaissance system in minimally-invasive spine surgery cases and the reproducibility of outcomes early in the learning curve.

1 Hu, X, Ohnmeiss D. Lieberman,I. Robotic-assisted pedicle screw placement: lessons learned from the first 102 patients. Eur Spine J (2013) 22:661-666.