Saint Francis Hospital is the first in Tennessee with the Mazor Robotics’ surgery system.

photograph courtesy Saint Francis

Whether you spend your days in an office chair, standing up for hours on end, or even doing manual labor, you’re probably all too familiar with back pain. It seems to plague everyone at one point or another, and sometimes an ice pack or heating pad just doesn’t cut it. Enter Saint Francis Hospital’s Renaissance System.

The Mazor Robotics’ Renaissance System for spine procedures is a surgical guide that has been used to remedy a wide variety of spinal conditions, including scoliosis degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, and other complex spinal deformity cases. It allows surgeons to perform highly accurate, state-of-the-art guided spinal surgery procedures that can improve patient outcomes and speed recovery, and St. Francis Hospital-Memphis is the first, and only, hospital in Tennessee that has it.

“Our Joint & Spine Center has been recognized as a Center of Distinction for Spine Surgery by BlueCross/Blue Shield and United Healthcare, so acquiring this technology is consistent with offering our patients cutting edge technology and quality care,” says David Archer, Chief Executive Officer of Saint Francis.

The unique piece of equipment uses virtual 3D-environment robotic guidance systems for preoperative planning, which is designed to increase accuracy with less radiation, lower complication rates, reduced pain, and faster recovery and return to daily activities. All of which leave patients feeling better, faster.

In open surgery, the spine is exposed through a large incision to allow a full view and access. Based on the patient’s CT scan, the surgeon may be able to use the Renaissance advanced 3D planning software to plan the optimal surgery customized for your anatomy and diagnosis. Once in the operating room, Renaissance guides the surgeon to the pre-mapped problem area.

While statistics show that most spinal operations are indeed successful, there is a small percentage of patients who develop permanent nerve damage in free-hand surgeries. The Renaissance aims to nearly eliminate this side effect.

So far so good. Results from the Renaissance surgeries show the average length of hospital stay is reduced by 27 percent, complication rates reduced by 48 percent, and patients require less revision surgeries and have less postoperative infections. With this technology now available exclusively at Saint Francis, the Mid-South region can now stand a little taller.


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