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Tri-City Medical Center is keeping pace with the staggering developments in robotic surgery, and just last month it became the first hospital in the United States to own two Mazor Robotics Renaissance Surgical Systems for spine surgery. And the hospital continues to be the only facility in San Diego County to offer robotic spine surgery using this unique system.

Superior surgical outcomes, and physician and patient demand for the technology prompted the need for a second system, said CEO Larry B. Anderson, who has championed the use of robotics. The technology allows surgeons to perform complex procedures with incredible accuracy. It is one of several innovative offerings available at the hospital’s Orthopaedic and Spine Institute.

Other unique services offered only at Tri-City Medical Center’s Orthopaedic and Spine Institute include:

* Vitamin E total knee replacement: E-plus, manufactured by Vista-based DJO Surgical, a DJO Global Company, is an innovative polyethylene blended with vitamin E, a natural anti-oxidant. The insert improves strength, stability, and flexion in recipients.

* The VMA (Vertebral Motion Analyzer): An FDA-cleared, noninvasive, painless test that uses fluroscopy to capture X-ray videos of the spine in motion. The videos are then used to produce measurements of the movement between the bones in the spine. This valuable information provides the physician with information of your spine movement, providing additional information for a more thorough diagnosis.

A leader in robotics and minimally invasive surgeries, Tri-City Medical Center also purchased a dual console da Vinci SI Surgical System. A year ago, the hospital performed the first cardiac surgery in North County using the new robotic wonder.

Dr. Neville Alleyne, president of Tri-City's Orthopaedic and Spine Institute, stands next to the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Surgical System.

Typically, a patient receiving a heart bypass would be put on a heart-lung machine and a rather large incision would be made in the breast bone. With the da Vinci robot, the surgeon was able to make a smaller incision, causing less damage to musculature and less exposure to other organs.

Because of the benefits of the smaller incision and no heart-lung machine, the time needed for recovery is cut nearly in half. With the traditional method, a patient was in the hospital an average of four to eight days followed by two months of recovery; with the da Vinci, the patient is usually discharged within two to four days and in recovery for two weeks.

To learn more about Mazor Robotics surgery, please call 760-940-3000 or visit tricitymed.org.

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