When nonsurgical treatments are not enough to treat a spine condition, surgery may be recommended. Our spine doctors at Brookwood Baptist Health in Birmingham, AL can perform minimally invasive procedures using Mazor X Stealth™, an advanced spine robotic surgery system. It can help treat a range of spinal conditions, including herniated discs, scoliosis and other spinal deformity cases. A procedure performed with Mazor robotics does not require large incisions typical of traditional surgery and may provide a patient with the following benefits:
Shorter hospital stay
At Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, we aim to provide you with everything you need to know about spine surgery. If you need a surgeon in Birmingham, AL or nearby areas, you can trust our team.
Mazor X Stealth is an FDA-approved robotic technology that allows surgeons to perform procedures like general spine or brain surgery using several small incisions instead of making a massive cut typical of traditional surgery. It features the Renaissance™ guidance system for safe and accurate surgery no matter the complexity of the procedure performed. Typical spine surgeries performed using the Mazor robot include:
Treating complex spinal deformities such as scoliosis.
Implanting pedicle, transfacet or translaminar-facet screws to provide stability in between bones during healing.
Osteotomies or surgical bone removal.
Biopsy or extracting sample cell from a patient for further examination.
However, not all patients may be a good candidate for robotic surgery. A thorough medical evaluation must be done first before your healthcare team recommends whether a minimally invasive surgery may be appropriate for you, or other treatment options must be tried first before surgery may be considered.
How Does Robotic Spine Surgery Work?
The Mazor spine robot cannot operate independently, so rest assured that a surgeon always operates the system throughout your surgery. There are four steps in a Mazor X surgery:
Planning – the surgeon creates a customized and detailed surgical plan for each patient using Mazor X’s software.
Mounting – Mazor X’s robotic arms will be secured to the patient’s surgical site.
3D Syncing – the mounting system will be synchronized with the surgical blueprint.
Operating – Mazor X guides the surgical implants and tools according to the plan.
Before your surgery, your doctor will provide personalized instructions about what preparation you will need for your procedure. The details depend on your condition, current health status, results from medical examinations and other factors. We encourage you to ask questions about your planned procedure as we walk you through what to expect before, during and after surgery. You will be given anesthesia before the procedure to keep you asleep throughout your surgery.
What Is the Difference Between Traditional Spine Surgery and Minimally Invasive Procedure?
A huge incision will have to be made in traditional surgery to expose the spine and allow surgeons to work on it. On the other hand, the Mazor X robotic spine surgery system enables surgeons to perform surgery through minimal incisions where robotic arm tools can be inserted. The robot’s monitor screen gives the surgeon visibility to the path of the surgery.
How Long Does It Take To Heal From Robotic Surgery?
Because traditional or open surgery may require larger incisions through skin or tissue, wounds from it may take longer to heal than incisions from a minimally invasive procedure. Open surgery may require a patient to stay in the hospital for several days for observation. Recovery time can extend to several months.
On the other hand, surgery done with a minimally invasive technology like Mazor X shortens recovery time for patients. It’s also associated with increased surgical accuracy, reduced pain and lessened risk of complications. As such, Mazor X patients may be able to return to their daily activities quicker compared to if they had open surgery.
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The thought of undergoing surgery can be frightening for some patients. But rest assured that our spine doctors are experienced in what they do. Your physician will work closely with you to evaluate your symptoms, overall health, and other factors to determine whether you are a good candidate for Mazor X surgery. Count on us for compassionate care and support every step of the way. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
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