Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System

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Continual commitment to improving patient care leads United Regional to acquire the advanced technology of Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System, a system transforming spine surgery.

Surgery of the spine requires planning and precision, and each patient’s anatomy has unique challenges. Surgery with the robotic surgical guidance system allows neurosurgeons to plan ahead before entering the operating room.

Neurosurgeons use advanced 3D planning software before surgery to create a unique surgical blueprint, which is specific to each patient’s anatomy.

During surgery, the neurosurgeon does the actual work but the neurosurgeon’s tools are guided, according to the surgical blueprint, to place the implants safely and with the highest level of accuracy in the exact preplanned locations

In fact, robotics technology has been clinically validated to ensure 1.5mm accuracy for increased patient safety compared to freehand spine surgery.

Zeiss OPMI Pentero Microscope

In delicate brain surgery, surgeons rely on advanced magnification and visual clarity to enhance their skill. In 2011, we acquired the Zeiss OPMI Pentero neurosurgical microscope, which provides surgeons with clearer and more powerful magnification, as well as inter-operative diagnostics and support of fluorescence-based procedures such as tumor removal and resections. With these capabilities, neurosurgeons can easily distinguish between the cancerous tumor and healthy tissue.

Advanced technological features provide the surgeon with:

  • Crystal clear images with natural colors
  • Spot illumination for higher contrast images in narrow and deep vessels
  • High-speed autofocus which delivers razor-sharp images
  • Freedom of hand and instrument movement, with a short distance to the surgical field
  • Video touchscreen with instantaneous access during surgery to important information such as patient files
  • Technology to superimpose color data and combine diagnostic, navigation and system information while viewing the operating field
  • Integration with the hospital network with access to pre-op findings and data from the operation

Before surgery

A patient will have CT images taken of his or her spine in preparation for the procedure.

The neurosurgeon will use the advanced 3D planning software with the patient’s CT images to create a unique surgical blueprint, which is the ideal surgery for that patient’s condition. This also provides increased safety and precision since it allows the neurosurgeon to plan ahead, before entering the operating room.

The day of surgery

In the operating room, two fluoroscopy (low-dose X-ray) images will be taken of the patient’s spine, from the back and from the side.

These images are merged together with the previous CT images by the technology’s advanced 3D planning software, creating a unique 3D surgical blueprint to guide the neurosurgeon according to the personalized preoperative surgical blueprint.

The neurosurgeon will then dispatch the guidance system in succession to each anatomical site planned on the preoperative