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SpineAssist Surgical Robot

What is SpineAssist®?

A: SpineAssist® is a surgical guidance system from Mazor Surgical Technologies that allows surgeons to perform any spine surgery, from the simplest to the most complex – safely, accurately, and efficiently reducing radiation and optimizing clinical outcomes. SpineAssist incorporates state-of-the-art technologies with advanced algorithms providing the surgeon with a highly sophisticated system which is intuitive and easy-to-use. Independent scientific research has shown that using SpineAssist in minimally-invasive surgery (MIS) increases surgical accuracy, lowers clinical complication rates, reduces pain and aides in a quicker return to everyday routine.

How will my surgeon work with SpineAssist?

A: Your surgeon will select the best treatment for your specific condition. SpineAssist is used by surgeons worldwide to plan and perform the optimal surgery customized for each patient’s anatomy and diagnosis. SpineAssist provides your surgeon with a technological platform for optimal planning and implementing the procedure according to your condition and anatomy. Your surgeon is in full control of SpineAssist at all times.

Is SpineAssist independent?

A: No. SpineAssist guides your surgeon precisely to the pre-planned anatomical location where intervention is necessary. It does not cut or perform any action on your body. Only your surgeon performs the required incisions for your spine surgery and places implants, if necessary.

Why is a surgical guidance system important for spine surgery?

A: The addition of SpineAssist guidance takes spine procedures to the next level. It improves accuracy, consistency and facilitates minimally-invasive surgery by replacing the surgeon’s direct field-of-view with a surgical guidance system. Independent scientific research has shown that SpineAssist increases surgical accuracy, lowers clinical complication rates, reduces pain and aides in faster recovery with a quicker return to everyday routine, when compared to “open” free-hand surgeries.

How safe is it? Are there side effects?

A: SpineAssist has been used in thousands of surgeries worldwide. SpineAssist adheres to international standards and has received United States FDA clearance and the European CE mark. Multiple scientific studies have shown its value in advancing minimally invasive surgeries, reducing adverse events, facilitating faster recoveries and optimizing patient outcomes.

How is surgery with SpineAssist more precise?

A: In open surgery, the surgeon needs a direct field-of-view to the operating field, which means creating an incision large enough to be able to reach the spine and expose a full view. In minimally-invasive surgery, the surgeon makes small incisions to allow either “key-hole” visualization of the operating field or through retracting the tissues beneath the skin to expose the spine. To compensate for this limited field-of-view, surgeons use fluoroscopy (X-rays) to image their progress. Yet, even with imaging, comparative studies demonstrate that MIS accuracy is lower than in open surgeries (which offer a better, direct field-of-view). So, there is a clinical trade-off between accuracy and the advantages of MIS (see below). The SpineAssist Surgical Guidance System is highly accurate. It is designed to consistently provide accuracy to 1 mm (1/25 inch), which is superior to human ability. However, the surgeon must always verify that the system’s suggested anatomical site is indeed the desired position prior to taking any action. At any stage the surgeon can decide to continue without the assistance of the SpineAssist.

What should I expect before my surgery?

A: Please ask your surgeon to provide you with more information about your surgery and how SpineAssist will be used. You may also visit Mazor Surgical Technologies Inc. web site for more Patient Information at www.mazorst.com.

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