Dr. Andrew Zhang, Chief of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedic Spine Surgery at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport, recently performed the department’s first robotic spine surgery using the Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance System. Ochsner LSU Health remains at the forefront of orthopedic care, and it is one of only two healthcare facilities in Northwest Louisiana to offer this technology.
The technology and robot provide precision guidance for the placement of screws into the skeletal structure during spine surgery. Screws are placed into the spine during procedures for degenerative disk disease, spinal stenosis, scoliosis or herniated disks that cause nerve pain. In the past, doctors would manually insert the screws with the help of imaging during the surgery, which provided less accuracy.
The Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance System expertly places and orients the screws during the procedure. X-rays taken before surgery allow doctors to input the information into the Mazor X™ to guide the machine on where the screws need to go. The system’s 3D cameras map the surgical area, which gives doctors real-time images during the procedure. A study conducted in 2019 showed that the Mazor X™ had nearly 100% accuracy.
Additional benefits of robotic spine surgery include smaller incisions, faster recovery times, shorter hospital stays, less postoperative pain, decreased exposure to radiation and less risk for surgical complications. The department regularly uses innovative technology in the care of their patients, producing high satisfaction rates and promising results.
To learn whether you are a candidate for robotic spine surgery, contact the Ochsner LSU Health Department of Orthopedic Spine Surgery at 318-813-7100.