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800 St. Vincent's Drive Suite 700
Birmingham, AL 35205

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Renaissance Robotic Guided Spine Surgery Patient Information

Minimally Invasive robotic guided spine surgery is performed by the surgeons of Neurosurgical Associates, PC of Birmingham. We are the first practice in the state of Alabama to use the Renaissance Robotic Guided Spine Surgery System.

Patient Information About Renaissance<sup>™</sup>

Mazor Robotics' Guidance System

Renaissance, Mazor Robotics' guidance system, enables surgeons to perform safer and more accurate spine surgeries. For patients, this means better clinical outcomes with less pain and fewer complications, enabling a faster recovery and return to daily activities.

State-of the-Art Treatment for Spine Conditions

Thousands of successful cases have been performed with Mazor Robotics systems, which are in daily use in leading medical centers worldwide. Independent scientific research has clinically validated its accuracy, including a recently published 14-center study demonstrating accuracy levels of 98.3%.* Renaissance is used to treat patients suffering from debilitating back pain or limited range of motion caused by spinal deformities and degenerative conditions such as slipped vertebrae, scoliosis, and spinal nerve impingement (pinched nerves). To treat these conditions, surgeons use Renaissance in procedures such as placing spinal implants in spinal fusion, injecting bone cement in vertebroplasties, and performing biopsies.

Renaissance Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

Renaissance is transforming spine surgery by advancing surgical techniques from freehand methods to state-of-the art, minimally invasive guided procedures. In conventional open surgery, large incisions are made to expose the underlying tissues and spine for the surgeon's field-of-view. For patients, the clinical implications of large incisions are large scars, more damage to healthy tissue layers including muscles (which affects healing and recovery time), plus increased risk of complications such as infections and blood loss.

Unlike open surgery, in minimally invasive surgery (MIS), surgeons make small incisions that provide patients with several clinical benefits: less pain, fewer scars, fewer complications, and faster recovery. Small incisions also mean surgeons have a more limited field-of-view that can impact accuracy. Usually more intraoperative X-ray images are required during MIS procedures to compensate for this limited field-of-view.

Using Renaissance in MIS helps surgeons overcome field-of-view limitations by pinpointing surgical tools to the exact anatomical location, without compromising accuracy, safety and without increasing the length of surgery or radiation levels. So, patients can enjoy the clinical benefits of MIS without the need for additional radiation or compromising on accuracy.

How It Works

Surgical treatment of the spine requires planning and precision; and each patient's anatomy has unique challenges. Surgery with Mazor Robotics' Renaissance enables surgeons to plan ahead before entering the operating room. During surgery it guides the surgeons according to the preoperative plan they created.

Surgeons use Renaissance's advanced 3D planning software before surgery to create a unique surgical blueprint, which is the ideal surgery for each patient's condition. During surgery, the surgeon does the actual work; Renaissance™ guides the surgeon's tools according to the surgical blueprint to place the implants safely, and with the highest level of accuracy in the exact preplanned locations. And since there is no need for additional X-rays during surgery, with Renaissance there is less exposure to radiation than with other surgical treatments.

For more information on spine surgery with Mazor Robotics' Renaissance see the Patients section at

* Devito, DP, Kaplan, L, Dietl R, et al. Clinical acceptance and accuracy assessment of spinal implants guided with SpineAssist surgical robot: retrospective study. Spine. 2010;35(24):2109-2115.