Roswell, Georgia (May 17, 2013) — North Fulton Hospital is one of the first in Atlanta to offer adults needing spine surgery a minimally invasive procedure using the Mazor Robot.  This advanced technology, combined with the expertise of the hospital’s board certified orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons, may provide less rehabilitation from surgery and get patients back to normal activities much more quickly.

Minimally invasive surgery means less pain, smaller incisions, shorter hospitalizations and faster recovery for the patient. But minimally invasive surgeries are also challenging due to the surgeon’s lack of direct line-of-vision, oftentimes requiring many intraoperative X-rays. The Renaissance™ Mazor Robotic spine system overcomes the issue of multiple x-rays, providing patients with the best possible clinical results with minimal intraoperative radiation.

“The Mazor robot is great because it allows for accurate pre-operative planning that can help save time in the operating room,” said Dr. Jason W. Velez, orthopaedic spine surgeon at North Fulton Hospital.  “I’m very excited about being able to use the robot during surgeries on patients with spinal deformities that, otherwise,  may have been more difficult to perform.”

“The Mazor robot is great because it allows for pre-operative planning and saves time in the operating room,” said Dr. Jason W. Velez, orthopedic surgeon at North Fulton Hospital.  “I’m very excited about being able to use the robot during surgeries on patients with spinal deformaties that might have been inoperable otherwise.”

The Renaissance™ is used to plan the ideal surgery in a virtual 3D environment before anyone enters the operating room. This plan is then used to actively guide the surgeon during the procedure, allowing for much greater accuracy than traditional surgeries.  Because the hardware and software tools enable a variety of spine procedures, it has a wide range of clinical applications including open surgeries, minimally invasive surgeries, osteotomies and biopsies.  It is also particularly useful in surgeries involving pedicle screws for spinal fusions, disc replacement, scoliosis, and other complex spinal deformities.

“We are very excited that North Fulton Hospital will be one of the first hospitals in the Atlanta area to have the Mazor Robot and to be able to offer this kind of surgery to adults”, says Deborah C. Keel, CEO of North Fulton Hospital.  “This is an outstanding technology. The Mazor robot provides the potential for less pain and quicker recoveries.”

If you suffer from back pain, log onto www.NorthFultonPainAndSpine.com to learn more about robotic spine surgery, or visit www.MazorRobotics.com to discover why robotic spine surgery might be right for you.  For a referral to a physician who performs spinal surgery with the Mazor robot, call 770-751-2600.

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