CHI Memorial pioneers use of Mazor X™


CHI Memorial is the first hospital in the Chattanooga region to add the Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance Platform, state-of-the-art technology for spine surgery. It combines image-based pre-operative analytics with intra-operative guidance to create and execute a personalized surgical plan for each patient, giving surgeons at CHI Memorial advanced spinal surgery options.  

Understandably, patients have questions about accuracy, outcomes and recovery time with spine procedures for degenerative disc disease, herniated discs and scoliosis – conditions treated with spine surgery using the Mazor X™ Platform. This technology enhances minimally invasive spine surgery accuracy and has been shown to lower complication rates, leading to reduced pain after the procedure and aids in a quicker recovery.

 “The Mazor X™ Platform is only available at a small number of hospitals across the United States. As the first in the Chattanooga region to offer robotic guidance for spine surgery, we are proud to bring the very the latest surgical technology to this area to provide enhanced surgical care,” says Alex Sielatycki, M.D., orthopedic surgeon on staff at CHI Memorial. “The Mazor X™ pre-preoperative planning software helps surgeons create an in-depth surgical plan before ever entering the operating room, including where each screw will be placed and where bone needs to be removed to restore alignment in the spine. Once in the OR, the robotic arm assists with the very precise placement of each screw, helping to ensure surgeons don’t violate the joints above and below where the surgery is taking place.”

As spinal surgery has evolved, more focus has been placed on minimally invasive techniques, but the smaller incisions can be a challenge to surgeons because of the limited view of the patient’s anatomy. The Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance Platform helps overcome this challenge with a 3D comprehensive surgical plan and analytics that give the surgeon comprehensive information and visualization before the surgery starts. 

Before entering the operating room, surgeons are able to plan an optimal surgery by using computerized tomography (CT) images to create a 3D simulation of the patient’s spine. Computer analytics provide the surgeon with pre-operative data for procedure planning and intra-operative guidance during the procedure. Using these technologies, the surgeon may operate with precision, efficiency, and confidence.  

CHI Memorial has established its reputation as a leader in spine surgery with its advanced technologies and excellence in patient care. The Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance Platform helps us continue our leadership in spine surgery excellence. 

“This technology is a benefit to patients because it makes what is often a challenging operation a little simpler and faster, meaning less time in the operating room and less blood loss,” says Dr. Sielatycki. “Surgical robotics is not the future – it’s very much here now, and I believe its uses will continue to expand. I look forward to helping transform the spine surgery capabilities at CHI Memorial.”  

For more information about CHI Memorial’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence, visit our website, or call (423) 495-2266.   

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