Mazor is the first dedicated robotic-assisted spine surgery platform to be launched in Canada, according to the Fridley, Minnesota–based medtech giant.
“The integration of navigation and robotic technologies into one platform is an exciting advancement in the field of spinal surgery,” Scott Paquette, president of the Canadian Spine Society, said in a news release. “Mazor represents an incredible future of possibilities in spinal robotics, which I believe will greatly contribute to reduced risk for patients.”
Medtronic designed Mazor to allow surgeons to quickly visualize anatomy and spinal structures in relation to one another. It gives surgeons the ability to plan and simulate spinal cages and screws in advance.
It uses the company’s StealthStation DB surgical navigation and has real-time image guidance visualization and navigation that is informed by interactive 3D planning and information systems.
Mazor also uses the Midas Rex MR8 electric high-speed drill system for improved trajectory precision that starts with pilot hole creation. Medtronic designed the drill’s attachments and dissecting tools to drill with accuracy at speeds up to 75,000 rpm.
“Mazor embodies a synergy between robotics and navigation, providing a rigorous degree of accuracy integrated throughout the surgical procedure, with the hope of producing more reliable outcomes,” Peter Tomashewski, senior director of neuro and spine surgery at Medtronic Canada, said. “The addition of Mazor to our portfolio provides another transformative tool that elevates our value-driven solutions for spinal care.”