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Surgeons at MCCG Perform First Successful Spine Surgery Using Mazor Robotics Renaissance

Surgeons at MCCG Perform First Successful Spine Surgery Using Mazor Robotics Renaissance®

Orthopaedists Debut Mazor Robotic Spine Surgery on 13-year-old Patient

MACON, GA (Wednesday, June 4, 2014) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and The Children's Hospital at MCCG are pleased to announce the addition of the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System for pediatric and adult spinal patients.


Pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Eric Lincoln, D.O. and orthopaedic surgeon William Dasher, M.D. have successfully performed the first two minimally-invasive spine surgeries using Mazor Robotics Renaissance. The surgical teams were pleased with both the clinical results and the integration of Renaissance® into their spine surgery program.

“The Renaissance system has been very useful for placing hardware in complex spinal deformity cases. This robotic system not only improves our accuracy, but also allows us to reduce surgical time and potential blood loss for the patient. In our first cases, the improved accuracy of hardware placement as well as the shortened operational times were very evident,” said Dr. Lincoln.

“We are able to improve patient safety and patient outcomes through the use of the Renaissance system. Renaissance allows us to safely place instrumentation in the spine. The increased accuracy improves patient outcomes by minimizing the risk of neurologic injuries. Renaissance also allows the surgeon to move more quickly, shortening the patient's time in the operating room,” said Dr. Dasher. 

MCCG and The Children's Hospital at MCCG are two of only five hospitals in the state of Georgia to offer this new form of spine surgery to patients and two of 36 hospitals in the U.S. to adopt this state-of-the-art technology.

“We see Mazor Robotics technology as ushering in a new era in spine surgery, the same way laparoscopies transformed general surgery in the 1990s. By decreasing operative time, blood loss and recovery time, Mazor Robotics offers a much better option for both our pediatric and adult patients,” said Fady Wanna, M.D. Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Medical Officer at MCCG.

Renaissance is Mazor Robotics' surgical guidance system for spine surgery, ensuring <1.5mm accuracy and a high level of safety for patients. Before entering the operating room, surgeons use Renaissance to pre-plan the optimal surgery in a CT-based 3D simulation of the patient's spine. During surgery, Renaissance guides the surgeon's hand and tools to the precise pre-planned location. In a recent multicenter study published in Spine journal,investigators stated that Mazor Robotics technology “offers enhanced performance in spinal surgery when compared to freehand surgeries, by increasing placement accuracy and reducing neurologic risks.”1 It also may reduce the use of fluoroscopy in minimally-invasive procedures.2

MCCG and The Children's Hospital at MCCG have reputations as established leaders in spine surgery as well as in adopting the latest technologies for patient care.

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1Devito DP, Kaplan L, Dietl R, et al. Clinical acceptance and accuracy assessment of spinal implants guided with SpineAssist surgical robot: retrospective study. Spine. 2010;35(24):2109-2115.

2Kantelhardt SR, Martinez R, Baerwinkel S, Burger R, Giese A, Rohde V. Perioperative course and accuracy of screw positioning in conventional, open robotic-guided and percutaneous robotic-guided, pedicle screw placement. Eur Spine J. 2011;20(6):860-868.