Capital Medical Center becomes first in state to offer robot-guided spine surgery

January 28, 2016

Robot guided surgeryPatients in need of spine surgery now have a minimally invasive treatment option at Capital Medical Center. The medical center is the first in the state to use robotic guidance from the Mazor Robotic Renaissance to assist surgeons during procedures such as spinal fusion, vertebroplasty and scoliosis correction.

The new technology means that patients will have smaller incisions, shorter hospitalizations, less pain and faster recovery. Typically, smaller incisions present challenges, as they obstruct the direct line of vision to the surgery site, and surgeons often need to use intraoperative X-rays to compensate. However, surgeons are now able to use the tool to guide their hands and tools to precise pre-planned locations during surgery, making complex procedures safer for patients.

“Capital Medical Center is committed to bringing advanced technology and the best treatment options to our patients,” said Jim Geist, Capital Medical Center CEO. “Adding this state-of-the-art system to our nationally recognized spine program goes hand-in-hand with the $16.3 million expansion of our surgical department that is happening this year.”

This new service represents just one of the many ways Washington hospitals are using cutting edge advances in technology to make strides in patient safety and make health care safer in our state.

Click here to read more in an article from Thurston Talk, and click here to learn more about the Capital Medical Center’s Joint & Spine Center of Excellence. (Tim Pfarr)


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