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Metro Health Performs First-in-Nation Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery Using Mazor Renaissance Robot

Posted: February 12, 2013

The first robot guided minimally invasive brain surgery using the Mazor Renaissance Robot in the United States was recently carried out at Metro Health Hospital.

Renaissance provides planning tools to help surgeons target tissue to be biopsied or removed in surgery and provides surgeons with precision guidance in reaching the affected tissue. Until now, Renaissance has only been used in the United States to assist in spine surgery. Renaissance is used in Europe for both spine and brain surgery.

Prior to surgery, patients receiving a Renaissance surgery have radiology studies to help map the surgical path for instruments. The device is then mounted to the patient’s spine or skull, images are taken to ensure proper placement and surgery is performed. The device provides pinpoint accuracy in implanting devices into the spine or removing tissue from the brain. Patients benefit from fewer incisions, more accurate surgeries and shorter hospital stays.

Dr. John Winestone, who is on staff at Metro Health, is one of only two surgeons in the United States trained to use Renaissance for brain surgery.

“I’m excited about the use of new technology in the operating room,” he said. “The Renaissance Robot increases accuracy and moving forward may allow for less invasive stereotactic and functional procedures, such as precision biopsy. The less invasive technique is gentler and much easier for patients.”

Metro Health has been an early adopter of other new technologies, including electronic medical records and devices used in the cardiac catheterization laboratory.

“We are constantly seeking out technologies that improve outcomes for patients and expand the services physicians can provide,” said Jamal Ghani, Metro Health president of hospital operations. “Our patients and physicians deserve the best care and tools available.”

In the future, experts expect to use Renaissance for deep brain stimulation of patients with epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease and to avoid pinning the patient to the operating table in the manner that is done today.

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