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Melbourne Private Hospital introduces spinal robotics

Recognised as a centre for innovation and clinical excellence, Melbourne Private Hospital recently introduced the Mazor Renaissance Robotic guidance system for minimally invasive spinal surgery.

Leanne Umstad, General Manager of Melbourne Private Hospital explains that the acquisition of the Renaissance Robot supports the Hospital’s focus to provide cutting edge technology which ultimately improves patient outcomes.

Before entering the operating room, surgeons use the robotic system to pre-plan the optimal surgery in a CT-based 3D simulation of the patient’s spine. During surgery, the robot guides the surgeon to the precise pre-planned trajectory to execute the surgical plan.

"The Robot allows us to optimise workflow, save time and reduce intraoperative fluoroscopy time substantially. It is a great assistance in difficult, multi-level and complex cases”, explains Dr Andrew Morokoff, Neurosurgeon and University of Melbourne’s Head of the brain tumour and epilepsy laboratory.

Neurosurgeon and spinal services specialist Mr Badhu Kavar currently uses the Renaissance robot to perform spinal procedures at Melbourne Private Hospital.

“The new technology allows reproducible, accurate placement of percutaneous pedicle screws. It’s accuracy and efficiency is fantastic and substantially decreases any risk of injury to the patient”, says Mr Kavar.

As spinal surgery procedures continue to increase, the Neurosurgical team welcome the introduction of this new technology.