A new edition of the AI-aided “Mazor X™ robotic technology called the “Mazor X™ Stealth,” helps spine surgeons perform spinal fusion with greater safety and with ensured accuracy. Combining the power of computer analytics, virtual instrumentation, robotic technology, and 3D images, the “Mazor X™ Stealth Edition” furnishes a compleat robotic guidance platform.
How Does the “Mazor X™ Stealth” Work?
Prior to the day of operation, the spine surgeon develops a surgical “blueprint” or plan, of how the procedure will be carried out. During actual surgery, the computer will use that surgical “blueprint” in ensuring that the procedure will be carried out as planned. The AI or the computer software translates and communicates to the Surgical Arm, the trajectories identified in the plan, practically making the procedure predictable and precise.
The “Mazor X™ Stealth” robotic guidance platform attaches to the operating table and to the patient. Once in position, the Surgical Arm of the platform will guide the surgeon in correctly placing the screws into the trajectories defined in the “surgical blueprint.” This robotic technology, therefore, makes the most important yet time-consuming part of the surgical procedure, easier and faster to perform, and with precision.
Included as feature of the robotic-guided platform, is a stable connection to the patient via biocompatible devices. These are rigidly affixed to the patient’s skeletal anatomy, as a means of ensuring precision throughout the surgery.
What is Spinal Fusion and When is the Surgical Procedure Recommended?
Spinal fusion is a method used in correcting problems associated with the vertebrae, which are the small bones of the spine. Akin to a “welding” process, it is a surgical procedure that fuses two or more of the badly deformed vertebrae together. After spinal fusion surgery, the fused bones heal into one solid vertebra that will no longer be affected by motion; whilst restoring stability of the spine.
As a rule, surgery of the spine is recommended only when the doctor has identified the exact cause and source of pain. As means of doing so, imaging tests have to be performed by way of X-rays, Computerized Tomography Scans (CT Scan), and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Patients who undergo spinal fusion experience severe pain caused by any of the following: tumors, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, or infection. Readers interested in understanding these spinal disorders and about spinal fusion can find more information at the website of the Central Texas Spine Institute in Austin.