Dr. Gregory Gebauer discusses the latest advancements in spine care using the Mazor X Robotic System.

New technology is emerging every day that makes the way we perform surgery safer, faster and more effective. Robotic devices such as the Mazor X™ Surgical Assurance Platform for Spine Surgery dramatically changes the way spine surgery is being performed. Surgery can be a scary prospect for a lot of patients. Thankfully, with the Mazor X™ Surgical Assurance Platform you can rest easy. Surgeons are able to plan ahead before entering the operating room allowing for accurate guidance by the robot during surgery. Fawcett Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in Charlotte County that utilizes the new Mazor X™ robotic system which increases surgical accuracy, lowers clinical complication rates, reduces pain, and enables faster recovery and return to daily activities.

Conventional techniques for spine surgery involve large open incisions that are made to expose the underlying tissues and spine for the surgeon’s field-of-view. While these techniques can be effective, they do have limitations. For patients, the clinical implications of large incisions are larger scars, more damage to healthy tissues, including muscles which play an important role in post-operative pain, healing and recovery time, and increased risk of complications such as infections and blood loss.

The Mazor X™ Surgical Assurance Platform is transforming spine surgery by advancing techniques from open techniques to state-of-the-art, minimally invasive guided procedures. In minimally invasive surgery (MIS), surgeons make small incisions that provide patients with several clinical benefits including less pain, fewer scars, fewer complications, and faster recovery.

Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Gregory Gebauer, specializes in minimally invasive surgery in the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine to treat a wide variety of spinal conditions ranging from herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease and scoliosis. The majority of spine surgeries performed by Dr. Gebauer utilizing the Mazor X™ robotic system are of the lumbar spine, treating spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis.

“I am extremely excited about the Mazor X™. This device brings us to the forefront of spine surgery technology. It makes the surgery easier, faster and safer for the patient, all of which translates into better outcomes for the patient,” Gebauer said.

This exciting technology is unique to Fawcett Memorial Hospital and is a great addition to the way we are able to care for our patients.