The First-Ever Dual Robotic Surgery
1 May, 2017
Highly advanced robotic systems from Mazor Robotics and Siemens were used in concert to repair a severe spinal fracture suffered by Aharon Schwartz, 42, a factory worker in Jerusalem, following an industrial accident
The world’s first-of-its-kind dual robotic surgery was performed on April 23 at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, announced National President Ellen Hershkin of Hadassah. The revolutionary dual robotic surgery assisted in the repair of a severe spinal fracture suffered by Aharon Schwartz, 42, a factory worker in Jerusalem who was injured when a steel object pinned him to the ground, fracturing his leg in two places and breaking six of his spinal vertebrae.
During the 3-hour surgery, the medical team employed two different robotic systems: The Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System to transforms spine surgery from freehand procedures to highly-accurate computer controlled procedures for the treatment of complex spinal deformity cases, and the Siemens Artis Zeego Robotic Technology enables smoother, swifter and trouble-free patient positioning and execution procedures.
Robotic accuracy with 3D Imaging
Dr. Meir Liebergall, Chairman of the Hadassah Medical Orthopedic Department and head of the Musculo-Skeletal Medicine Division, explained the pioneering surgery, said that Artis Zeego provided real-time 3-dimensional imaging during the surgical procedure (which eliminated the need for pre-surgery CT scans and post-surgery X-rays), while the Renaissance Guidance System was responsible for the a screw placement system which allows spinal implant placement with maximum safety and accuracy.
“Renaissance communicated with Artis Zeego during the minimally-invasive surgery while the Hadassah orthopedic team inserted eleven pedicle screws into the patient’s spine with clinical exactitude.” He predicted that patient Schwartz will completely recover from the surgery and will be walking again very shortly.
Over 50,000 implants
The Renaissance Guidance System of Mazor (from Caesarea, Israel) increases both accuracy and clinical outcomes. It was clinically validated in both routine and complex cases in thousands of spinal procedures worldwide – including over 50,000 implants. Using this system, the medical team create a pre-operative blueprint of the ideal surgery for each patient in a virtual 3D environment.
Then they install a rigid attachment to the patient to assures maximum surgical accuracy throughout the procedure. During the procedure two fluoroscopic images are taken and matched to their corresponding location on the pre-operative CT, while the tools and implants are guided to the planned location with 1.5 mm accuracy.
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