Robotic scoliosis surgery


Mazor Robotics improves surgery to correct scoliosis

ETMC offers the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System for surgical treatment of scoliosis, or curvature of the spine. This advanced medical equipment, in the hands of a trained physician, helps correct the condition of scoliosis with more accurate surgery and improved safety for the patient.

content-ortho-mazor-surgeryAdvantages of the Mazor Robotics Renaissance® Guidance System

Using the system’s software, the surgeon creates a 3-D image of the patient’s curved spine, compares it with an ideal straightened spine image and maps out a detailed plan to bring the patient’s anatomy into proper alignment. The robotic system precisely guides the surgeon’s placement of each pin and rod. Every patient will receive a customized surgical procedure designed for that patient alone.

“We do a much better job of planning with that software than I’ve ever been able to do before. It’s a major investment and a piece of technology that I think is wonderful and really advances the quality of spinal care.”
– Todd Raabe, MD, Azalea Orthopedics spine surgeon

Benefits for the surgical patient

  • Reduces time of the surgery
  • Increases the accuracy of the surgery
  • Improves outcomes for the surgery
  • Reduces complications, infections and the need for revisions
  • Reduces radiation exposure during the procedure

Both patient and family benefit by having this care for scoliosis patients available close to home in East Texas. Even if surgery is never indicated, they’ll save travel time on the multiple visits for care and consultation.

Robotics-guided scoliosis surgery benefits adolescent and adult patients

Scoliosis may develop in adolescents as well as in older adults. In adolescents, it may be important to correct the condition before it can twist and cripple the life of the young person. In older adults, scoliosis may develop slowly and cause pain that gradually increases until it becomes unbearable. In all of these cases, surgery assisted by the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System can make a tremendous difference for the patient.

“Having their spine straight makes a big difference, psychologically, for a lot of patients.”
– Todd Raabe, MD, surgeon

East Texas surgeon praises accuracy of robotics guidance

content-ortho-mazor-raabeTodd Raabe, MD, of Azalea Orthopedics, is a fellowship-trained surgeon who performs the advanced procedure with the Mazor system at ETMC Tyler. Dr. Raabe had been doing this complex surgery without guided assistance for several years before the Mazor system became available. Today, having the experience of more than 100 surgeries with the aid of robotic guidance, he is a firm believer in the capability of the Mazor system to provide better patient outcomes, improved patient safety and greater accuracy throughout every detail.

He emphasized that “every twist of the screw or turn of the drill is done by my hands,” and that he always maintains full control of the surgery. He said the planning software and robotic guidance simply make him a better surgeon.

“It has been incredibly accurate and more reliable than any other image-guided system I’ve ever used. It makes me better and more accurate.” – Todd Raabe, MD, surgeon

Dr. Raabe is the only surgeon in East Texas doing adolescent scoliosis surgery using the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System. Collaboration between Azalea Orthopedics and ETMC Tyler makes this care possible.


Clinical evidence supports use of robotics-guided scoliosis surgery

Compared to open, conventional procedures, patients who underwent spine surgery with Mazor Robotics technology experienced the following:

  • Average length of hospital stay reduced by 27 percent
  • Complication rates reduced by 48 percent
  • Reduced revision procedures by 46 percent
  • Reduced the number of postoperative infections

Source: Kantelhardt SR, Martinez R, Baerwinkel S, Burger R, Giese A, Rohde V. Perioperative course and accuracy of screw positioning in conventional, open robotic-guided and percutaneous robotic-guided, pedicle screw placement. Eur Spine J. 2011;20(6):860-868.

For more information call ETMC at 903-747-4110.