Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visiting hours are currently restricted. Please visit the COVID-19 page or click here for current visitor information.

Robotic-guided spine surgery FAQs

Mazor X® FAQs


How many procedures have been performed using Mazor Robotics technology?

Worldwide, Mazor technology has been used in over 250,000 implants and approximately 36,000 cases.


Which CAMC surgeons use Mazor X?

The following surgeons have been specially trained to use the Mazor X robotic guidance system for spine surgery:

  • Lana Christiano, MD, Neurosurgeon/Spine Surgeon
  • James Harman, DO, Endovascular Neurosurgeon
  • John Orphanos, MD, Neurosurgeon/Spine Surgeon
  • Matthew Walker, MD, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon


How can I find out if I am a candidate for spine surgery using Mazor X technology?

Your surgeon will select the best treatment for your specific condition. Based on your CT-scan, your surgeon will use the system's advanced 3D planning software to plan the optimal surgery customized for your anatomy and diagnosis. Once in the operating room, Mazor X guides your surgeon precisely to the preplanned anatomical location where intervention is necessary.


The Mazor 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 Mazor X.


What are the advantages of surgery using this minimally-invasive technology?

In open surgery, the spine is exposed through a large incision to allow a full, direct field-of-view and access to the surgeon’s hand and tools.


In minimally-invasive surgery (MIS), the surgeon makes small skin incisions to allow visualization of the operating field by retracting the tissues beneath the skin and exposing the spine. To compensate for this limited field-of-view, surgeons use fluoroscopy (X-ray) images to view their progress. Yet, even with imaging, comparative studies demonstrate that MIS accuracy is lower than in open surgeries (which offer a better, direct field-of-view). So, there is usually a clinical trade-off between accuracy versus the advantages of MIS.


With Mazor Robotics, spine surgery patients benefit from high levels of accuracy and the advantages of minimally-invasive surgery. Independent scientific research has shown that minimally-invasive surgery lowers complication rates, reduces postoperative pain, and aides in faster recovery with a quicker return to daily activities when compared to open, freehand surgeries.


How safe is surgery with Mazor Robotics?

Mazor Robotics' clinically-proven technology has been used in thousands of surgeries worldwide, strictly adhere to international standards, and have received FDA clearance in the United States and Europe.