Robotic-guided spine surgery

New hope for relief of back pain

People suffering from chronic back pain now have a new treatment option that combines advanced robotics and GPS navigation, just like the kind you use in your car.

The Mazor X Stealth™ Edition is a robotic guidance system that allows surgeons at CAMC to perform less invasive spine surgeries using 3D software and GPS capabilities, bringing a greater level of predictability and precision to the operating room.

This technology allows us to create a surgical blueprint for each patient before we ever go into the operating room,” said John Orphanos, MD, neurosurgeon/spine surgeon. “We literally create a map of your spine and plan each step of your surgery that’s specific to your anatomy just like you use GPS to plan a route when you travel.”

During the procedure, the surgeon guides surgical tools in place using the system’s robotic arm and 3D optical tracking camera. This visualization system allows surgeons to more accurately place hardware and implants into the spine through micro-incisions while simultaneously using real-time imaging to ensure the plan is being carried out as desired.

This technology brings an entirely new level of accuracy to delicate back surgeries,” Orphanos said. “For patients, it means less pain, less time under anesthesia, less radiation exposure, smaller incisions, shorter recovery time, and fewer complications, which all lead to a faster recovery and return to daily activities.”

CAMC is the first in southern West Virginia to offer robotic technology for spine surgery.

For more than 30 years, CAMC has been a leader in minimally-invasive surgery, and this technology enhances the ability of our skilled spine surgeons to safely perform the most advanced procedures,” said Dave Ramsey, CAMC President and CEO.

Mazor X™ assists surgeons in the treatment of many spine conditions such as degenerative disc disease, scoliosis (curvature) of the spine, herniated disc, spondylolisthesis, stenosis and vertebral fractures.

Living with back pain can be debilitating, and recovering from spine surgery was once a long process,” said Lana Christiano, MD, neurosurgeon/spine surgeon. “By combining robotics and navigation, we are excited to offer patients a better solution that reduces their recovery time after surgery and greatly improves their quality of life.”