Two robots, Siemens’ Artis Zeego and the Renaissance Guidance System, were involved in the surgery. Renaissance is a screw placement system which allows spinal implant placement with safety and accuracy, and was developed by Israeli company Mazor Robotics.
The world’s first dual robotic surgery was performed last week at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, Israel. The 42-year-old patient who underwent the procedure will be able to walk again after a heavy steel frame had fallen on him, fracturing his leg in two places and breaking six of his spinal vertebrae.
Mazor Robotics’ guidance systems enable surgeons to conduct spine and brain procedures in a precise manner. Founded in 2001, the company’s intuitive interface helps surgeons plan operations in a virtual 3D environment, creating a surgical blueprint for better accuracy.
According to Mazor Robotics, the Renaissance Guidance System “transforms spine surgery from freehand procedures to highly accurate, state-of-the-art procedures that may reduce fluoroscopy – even for minimally-invasive surgery, scoliosis, and other complex spinal deformity cases.”
Robotic surgery is regarded as a more precise and minimally invasive procedure. In April 2017, a new robotic surgery training facility was opened at Sydney’s Royal Prince of Alfred Hospital to make the surgery more accessible to Australians.
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