University Hospitals Pioneers Use of Mazor X Stealth ™ Edition Robotic Guidance Platform for Spine Surgery in Greater Cleveland

Newswise – CLEVELAND – University Hospitals is the first health system in Greater Cleveland to add the Mazor X Stealth Edition Robotic Guidance Platform to its regional spinal surgery program.

Acquiring the Mazor X Stealth ™ Edition Surgical Robotic Guidance is part of a continuous commitment to delivering the highest quality care for patients, ensuring that they receive the best treatment possible.

The Mazor X platform will first be used at UH St. John Medical Center by Neurosurgeon Dustin Donnelly, MD, PhD, who specializes in spine surgery. His first case using the robotic platform is scheduled for March 11. The platform will also be used at a later date by surgeons at UH Cleveland Medical Center.

Dr. Donnelly said, “Robotics is an enabling technology that allows us to maximize accuracy and efficiency across the spectrum of spinal surgery, from percutaneous and other minimally-invasive approaches to complex deformity correction.”

Prior to surgery, the Mazor X Stealth ™ Edition Platform gives the surgeon planning functionality to develop an optimal surgery in a 3D simulation using the patient’s own CT imaging. In addition, computer analytics provides the surgeon with data for pre-surgery planning, plus guidance during the procedure. Mazor X has a robotic arm that provides precise placement of surgical tools, while giving 3D visualization of the surgical area of ​​the spine. Using these technologies, the surgeon may operate with precision, efficiency, and confidence.

The Mazor X initiative is from the UH Spine Institute, which is led by Co-directors Gabriel Smith, MD, and Zachary Gordon, MD.

Nicholas Bambakidis, MD, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and Director of the UH Neurological Institute, said that minimally invasive procedures with their smaller incisions have become much more common for spinal procedures, but they can pose a challenge to surgeons due to the limited view of the patient’s anatomy.

“The Mazor X helps to overcome this challenge with a 3D comprehensive surgical plan giving the surgeon more complete information and visualization before the surgery begins. Consequently, the platform supports surgeons’ commitment to operate with precision, “said Dr. Bambakidis, who also holds the Warren R. Selman Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery.

UH has established its reputation as a leader with 3D robotic technologies for neurosurgery. In 2020, Medtronic selected UH Cleveland Medical Center as the second site east of the Mississippi for its Stealth Autoguide ™ cranial robotic guidance platform used in brain surgery. UH was also involved with the development of the Surgical Theater platform (not a Medtronic platform).

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About University Hospitals / Cleveland, Ohio Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 23 hospitals (including five joint ventures), more than 50 health centers and outpatient facilities, and over 200 physician offices in 16 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship quaternary care, academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Oxford University and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. The main campus also includes the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, with more than 3,000 active clinical trials and research studies underway. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from US News & World Report. UH is also home to 19 Clinical Care Delivery and Research Institutes. UH is one of the largest employers in Northeast Ohio with more than 30,000 employees. Follow UH on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit

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