Your spine surgery may involve the placement of screws or other implants in the spine. Traditionally, these are placed freehand or with X-ray guidance. Despite careful technique, there is a chance of implants being placed in an inaccurate position – posing a risk to the spinal cord, spinal nerves or other structures.
Spinal navigation uses modern computer technology to increase the accuracy of placement – increasing safety. The Renaissance Robotics system is one of 2 main systems that Dr Ball can use for your surgery. The choice of system depends primarily on the type of surgery required. Both have demonstrated high rates of accuracy.
Renaissance™ (Mazor™ Robotics)
Using the Renaissance™ Robotic system, the surgeon plans the surgery on a pre-operative CT scan. This provides a template for the surgery.
The robot positions the instruments so that screws are placed along the pre-planned trajectory.