Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in Wyoming to add the Mazor X robotic surgical assurance and guidance system to its spinal surgery program.
The Mazor X combines pre-operative planning tools and analytics with intra-operative guidance, providing patients with the most advanced spinal surgery options available.
“The MazorX enhances the accuracy of device placement into the spine, increasing safety,” said Dr. Claudio Feler, a neurosurgeon with Cheyenne Regional Medical Group’s Neurosurgery & Spine Associates.
Another important feature of the Mazor X is that it allows the surgeon to use minimally invasive techniques, which can mean smaller incisions, less pain, less blood loss, shorter hospitalizations and shorter recovery time for patients.
“As spinal surgery has evolved, more focus has been placed on using minimally invasive techniques, and this is where the Mazor X can deliver one of its greatest benefits,” said Dr. Steven Beer, neurosurgeon with Wyoming Spine and Neurosurgery Associates. “The Mazor X is an outstanding piece of technology that can enhance both open and minimally invasive spine surgeries, allowing for fewer complications, improved patient outcomes and quicker recovery times.”
Another advantage of the Mazor X is that it can analyze and pair images from different kinds of imaging technology, such as matching a pre-operative CT (computed tomography) scan with a fluoroscopy image taken during the surgery. It can also analyze images taken at different times and on different anatomical planes.
“This capability reduces the need for continuous imaging, minimizing the exposure of the patient, the surgeon and the surgical team to radiation that occurs during imaging procedures,” Dr. Feler said.
An additional benefit is that the system has software that reads and recognizes a patient’s anatomical features, allowing for pre-operative insight into any challenges or concerns that might arise.
“The system’s core value lies in its ability to provide neurosurgeons with a three-dimensional, detail-rich surgical plan and robotic technology that allows for precision placement of instruments and implants,” Dr. Feler said.
Dr. Feler and Dr. Beer have had extensive training on the Mazor X and between them have performed nine spinal surgeries at CRMC using the new system.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with how this technology performed, including how much it enhanced the planning process and the experience of the surgical team during the actual procedure,” Dr. Beer said.
The Mazor X is the third robotic system to be added to CRMC’s surgical program in the past three years. The hospital acquired the MakoÒ robotic arm and da Vinci XiÒ surgical systems in 2015. The MAKO is used for total hip and partial or total knee replacements. The da Vinci is used to operate on a variety of conditions, including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer and kidney disorders.
“Acquiring the Mazor X is part of CRMC’s continuous commitment to delivering the highest-quality care for our spine surgery patients, ensuring they receive the best and safest treatment possible,” said Patrick Madigan, CRMC’s interim chief executive officer.