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FALL 2014

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26 | FALL 2014 W ith the global robotic surgery market forecasted to grow 11.65 percent between 2013 and 2018, and cardiovascular diseases still the leading killers globally, consider the following tech- nologies for your robotic surgery or cardiovascular diagnostics tool belts. Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System Learn more at The Renaissance Guidance System is Mazor Robotics' next-generation mechanical guidance system for spine and brain surgery. Renaissance is an FDA- cleared mechanical guidance surgical system. The system offers 3D pre-operative planning for each patient's specifc anatomy and guides the surgeon intraoperatively for precise execution of that plan. Preplanning is advantageous as the system identifes challenging anatomy so the surgeon can make adjustments in implant size and location prior to the operation. This increases operating effciencies by minimizing unforeseen anatomical issues. Neil Badlani, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with the Orthopedic Sports Clinic in Houston, trained in spine surgery was looking to incorporate innovative technology and techniques into his practice to beneft his patients when he discovered the Renaissance Guidance System. "In order to place spinal instrumentation through smaller incisions with less muscle dissection and less radiation to myself and the patient, I have been interested in various types of intraoperative navigation. Renaissance is by far the best I have seen," he says. Badlani uses the Renaissance System in any surgery requiring posterior lumbar spinal instrumentation for spinal deformity, trauma, instability or severe disc degeneration. He also uses it in complex open spinal deformity cases to aid screw placement with diffcult anatomy or for minimally invasive cases to percutane- ously place screws through tiny incisions with minimal intraop- erative radiation. "This technology allows me to place screws in the spine with extreme precision, safety and effciency through smaller windows. This leads to more accurate surgery with less blood loss and quicker recov- ery," Badlani says. His favorite Renaissance System feature includes the preoperative planning capa- bility. "I create a complete BY DAVID GEER Exciting surgical, diagnostic & EHR tools Robotically aided surgery of the brain and spine, diagnostic tests and an EHR for the heart round out this issue's technology update. Tech Notes The latest in gadgets and apps for physicians The Guidance Unit—roughly the size of a Red Bull can— guides the surgeon's tools within 1.5mm of accuracy.

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