If you are diagnosed with broken vertebra, a spinal deformity, spinal weakness, spinal instability, or chronic low back pain, your surgeon may recommend a spinal fusion procedure. Spinal fusion is the process of fusing two or more vertebrae together, immobilising them to prevent nerve irritation and instability.
Surgeons use a bone graft — extra bone tissue, either from the patient (autograft) or a donor (allograft) — in conjunction with the body’s natural bone growth (osteoblastic) processes so that spinal fusion can occur. Surgeons often use implanted plates, screws, or rods to hold the vertebrae and graft to promote healing. Once this bone graft heals, the vertebrae are permanently fused. Spinal robotics technology can assist surgeons to perform spinal fusion procedures.
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A person's spine anatomy is what enables their posture, alignment, and movement. Surgeons use technologies like robotic guidance to visualise and perform corrections that are created for the nuances of an individual's anatomy.
The Mazor X Stealth Edition Platform is technology that assists in surgical procedures. With the combination of a computer and specialised software and instruments, surgeons use this system to plan where and how they will operate on the spine. Then an automated robotic “arm” holds key surgical instrumentation in place for the surgeon as the system helps the surgeon visualise the patient's anatomy in real time. The robotic guidance helps the surgeon execute their plan and perform the surgery.
The Mazor X Stealth Edition surgical robotic guidance system:
It is important that a doctor discusses the potential risks, complications, and benefits of the robotic guidance surgery prior to a patient receiving treatment, and that the surgeon's judgment is relied upon. Only a doctor can determine whether a patient is a suitable candidate for robotic surgery.
Primary risks include infection, device components breaking during use, use by unqualified personnel and inflammatory reaction to the instruments.
Medtronic Bench Testing Performance Data 19 July 2018