Humble Surgical Hospital performs robotic spinal surgeries
For decades, robots working in tandem with humans existed solely in the realm of science fiction. From Rosie tending to the Jetson's household affairs to Will Smith and Bruce Willis each battling armies of automatons in more recent movies, robots in popular culture have been consistently depicted as sentient humanoids capable of reason and a certain degree of free will. In the modern medical world, outside the purview of visionary authors and filmmakers, robotics join the stethoscope and x-ray as another apparatus in a doctor's toolbox to ensure the best care possible.
Humble Surgical Hospital (HSH) became the first hospital in the North Houston area to delve into robotic spinal surgery, acquiring the Renaissance, a surgical guidance system developed by Mazor Robotics, in late October. Although the Renaissance hardly conjures memories of C-3PO shuffling about, for Dr. Bonaventure Ngu, an orthopedic surgeon at HSH, it provides a welcomed reassurance that his operations have the type of accuracy only made possible by machine.
As of publication, three of Ngu's patients have undergone surgery using the Renaissance, the first of which was Donna Parker who suffered from a spinal cyst and herniated disc. After the conditions were revealed on an MRI, Ngu recommended immediate surgery, but Parker needed to postpone the procedure to prepare for her daughter's upcoming wedding. Once the nuptials were completed, Parker let Ngu complete the surgery with the Renaissance by inserting screws into her back.
The second patient, Victor Loscuito, suffered vocational limitations as a mechanic, stemming from what was revealed to be two herniated discs and two levels of degenerative disc disease.
After the procedure, Loscuito recovered quickly and was walking within a month. According to Ngu an expedited recovery is one of many benefits the Renaissance offers when compared to traditional, manual surgery.
Each patient who has undergone surgery using the Renaissance is facing a promising recovery, providing encouraging support for the prospects of robotics in medicine going forward. As more professionals adopt the technology, innovators will develop even more creative and complex uses for robotics. Although Mazor Robotics' Renaissance is not nearly as advanced as Skynet, it still signifies a groundbreaking achievement in both robotics and medicine. For more information on Humble Surgical Hospital, visit humblesurgical.com. To learn more about the Renaissance Surgical Guidance System, go to mazorrobotics.com.