FAQ For Patients
Understandably, patients have many questions about the procedures, as well as the advantages of having a spine surgery performed with the assistance of Mazor Robotics. Below are some common questions pertaining to surgery with Mazor Robotics technology. Please consult with your physician to determine if you or your loved one is a candidate for surgery with Mazor Robotics technology.
Renaissance® and Mazor X™ are guidance systems developed by Mazor Robotics that allows surgeons to perform spine surgery–from the simplest to the most complex–safely, accurately, and efficiently while optimizing clinical outcomes. Independent scientific research has shown that using Mazor Robotics technology in minimally-invasive surgery (MIS) increases surgical accuracy, lowers clinical complication rates, reduces pain, and enables faster recovery and return to daily activities. Research has also shown its superior accuracy, up to 98.3 percent (compared to approximately 90 percent in freehand procedures), in complex surgeries such as scoliosis corrections.
Over 100,000 implants and approximately 17,000 cases.
Your surgeon will select the best treatment for your specific condition. Based on your CT-scan, your surgeon will use the system's advanced 3D planning software to plan the optimal surgery customized for your anatomy and diagnosis. Once in the operating room, Renaissance or Mazor X guides your surgeon precisely to the preplanned anatomical location where intervention is necessary.
The Mazor Robotics system is not independent and does not cut or perform any action on your body. Only your surgeon performs the required procedures such as placing implants. Your surgeon is in full control of the system at all times. Also, at any stage, your surgeon can decide to continue without the assistance of Renaissance or Mazor X.
In open surgery, the spine is exposed through a large incision to allow a full, direct field-of-view and access to the surgeon’s hand and tools. In minimally-invasive surgery, the surgeon makes small skin incisions to allow visualization of the operating field by retracting the tissues beneath the skin and exposing the spine. To compensate for this limited field-of-view, surgeons use fluoroscopy (X-ray) images to view 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 usually a clinical trade-off between accuracy versus the advantages of MIS. With Mazor Robotics technology, spine surgery patients benefit from high levels of accuracy and the advantages of minimally-invasive surgery. Independent scientific research has shown that minimally-invasive surgery with Mazor Robotics technology lowers complication rates, reduces postoperative pain, and aides in faster recovery with a quicker return to daily activities when compared to open, freehand surgeries.
Mazor Robotics technology takes spine procedures to the next level with its consistent accuracy. Furthermore, it better enables minimally-invasive surgery by replacing the surgeon’s need for a direct field-of-view with a surgical guidance system. Independent scientific research has shown that minimally-invasive surgery with Mazor Robotics technology increases surgical accuracy, lowers complication rates, reduces postoperative pain, and aides in faster recovery with a quicker return to daily activities when compared to open, freehand surgeries.
The accuracy of Mazor Robotics technology has been clinically validated in studies worldwide. For example, a recently published study demonstrated 98.3 percent accuracy for placing 3,271 implants in 635 cases in 14 international medical centers.
Mazor Robotics' clinically-proven technology has been used in thousands of surgeries worldwide, including placement of over 100,000 implants. All Mazor Robotics systems strictly adheres to international standards and have received FDA clearance in the USA and the European CE Mark.