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New England Baptist Hospital – First in Massachusetts with Robot for Spine Surgery

Robotic Guidance Platform offers patients higher level of precision

New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH), the premier regional provider for orthopedic surgery and the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders has expanded its spine program to include robotic guidance. NEBH is the first in Massachusetts to offer this state-of-the-art technology for spine surgery.

The Mazor X™ Platform integrates and streamlines three complex processes – image-based 3D planning of surgery, intra-operative guidance using precision mechanics, and intra-op verification of therapy placement using the X-Eye camera.

“Contemporary spine surgery often involves placing implants to stabilize the spine, and proper placement of these implants is essential to the success of the operation” said Raymond Hwang, MD, MEng, MBA, Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine and Spine Surgeon at NEBH, who performed the first robotic spine surgery. “Robotics allows surgeons to precisely plan surgery in advance and then execute that plan with greater accuracy. This can be a significant benefit to patients, especially during complex or minimally invasive procedures.”

Surgeons use the 3D planning functionality to map out an optimal surgery in a CT-based 3D simulation of the patient’s spine. In addition, 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 added precision and efficiency.

“Having a robot in the operating room at the Baptist is very cool and exciting” said David A. Passafaro, president, NEBH. “This is the future of medicine and we are proud to be the first in Massachusetts to offer this cutting-edge technology as part of our commitment to providing the highest quality care. The spine surgeons at the Baptist are extremely good at what they do and having access to the latest in robotic guidance will only make their surgical outcomes better.”

About New England Baptist Hospital
New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) is the premier regional provider for orthopedic surgery and the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders. NEBH has been nationally recognized for high patient satisfaction and leadership in quality and clinical outcomes. The Hospital is committed to improving the health and well-being of those living throughout its community by providing opportunities for people of all ages to be active, stay social and keep moving. NEBH is a teaching affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine and conducts teaching programs in collaboration with Harvard Medical School. NEBH has been the official hospital of the Boston Celtics for over 30 years.

About Medtronic
Medtronic plc (, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is among the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies – alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic employs more than 84,000 people worldwide, serving physicians, hospitals and patients in approximately 160 countries. The company is focused on collaborating with stakeholders around the world to take healthcare Further, Together.
The Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance Platform is manufactured by Mazor Robotics and distributed by Medtronic. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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