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Dr. Ngu

Humble, TX - December 6, 2012:  Spine surgical teams at Humble Surgical Hospital have successfully performed two minimally invasive spine surgeries using Renaissance™ Mazor Robotics’ guidance system over the past few weeks. The surgical team is pleased with both the clinical results and the integration of Renaissance™ into their spine surgery program.

The first patient, Mrs. Donna Parker, was battling debilitating pain in her back. “Since I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis,” Mrs. Parker shares, “I assumed the pain was related to that.” But an MRI revealed a large cyst which was pressing up against her spinal cord. When she met with surgeon Dr. Bonaventure Ngu, he recommended the cyst be removed immediately. Mrs. Parker, however, needed time. “My daughter was going to be married in a few weeks and I could not afford to be off my feet in recovery,” she says. At her request, the surgery was scheduled for after the wedding. Mrs. Parker, whose husband is the pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Conroe, had full confidence in Dr. Ngu, the hospital team and the new robotic equipment being used for surgery. “The doctor told me he had the robot scheduled at HSH – and that this new technology had much more precision and was more accurate. Everyone at the hospital helped me to feel reassured and confident in Dr. Ngu and the process – and that using the Mazor Robotics system was the best approach.”

The second patient, Mr. Victor Loscuito, has suffered from back pain for over 30 years. “Some days I could barely get out of bed,” he shares. Mr. Loscuito initially consulted Dr. Ngu in 2009 and at that time was diagnosed with two herniated discs and two levels of degenerative disc disease. By the time he was ready to go through with surgery, Mr. Loscuito’s condition had worsened. “Dr. Ngu recommended Humble Surgical Hospital for the procedure and explained that it was the only hospital in the area to offer this advanced robotics system,” states Mr. Loscuito.  The results were instantaneous. “The morning after surgery I was walking around the hospital at 6 a.m.” he marvels. “I could not believe how good I felt.”

The prognosis for these patients is excellent. "Spinal procedures are usually complex," says Dr. Ngu, Orthopedic Surgeon at Premier Spine Institute in The Woodlands. "But these surgeries both went exactly according to plan, as confirmed by the postoperative imaging. In the past we would always worry about hitting a nerve when performing screw placement. With this system, we are more confident of our screw placement, with less chance of complications. I expect both Mrs. Parker and Mr. Loscuito to return to normal activity in a few weeks. These results are truly outstanding, considering that the expected recovery time for such procedures is usually four times long.”

Humble Surgical Hospital is the first in North Houston to offer this new form of spine surgeries to patients and one of the pioneers in the country to adopt this state-of-the-art technology. “We see Mazor Robotics technology as ushering in a new era in spine surgeries, the same way laparoscopies transformed general surgery in the ‘90s” says Debbie Cormier, Chief Administrative Officer at Humble Surgical Hospital. “We are proud to to be the exclusive provider of this technology for The Woodlands, Humble, Spring, Conroe and Cleveland.”

Renaissance™ is Mazor Robotics’ surgical guidance system for spine surgeries, ensuring consistent accuracy to 1 mm (1/25 inch) and a high level of safety for patients. Before entering the OR, surgeons use Renaissance™ to pre-plan the optimal surgery in a CT-based 3D simulation of the patient’s spine. During surgery, Renaissance™ guides the surgeon’s hand and tools to the precise pre-planned location with utmost accuracy. Investigators of a recent 14-site international multicenter study published in the peer-review journal Spine concluded that Mazor Robotics technology “offers enhanced performance in spinal surgery when compared to freehand surgeries, by increasing placement accuracy and reducing neurologic risks.” It also enables minimally invasive surgery with lower radiation.

Since opening its doors in 2010, Humble Surgical Hospital has performed close to 800 spinal surgeries. The physician-owned facility has a reputation as an established leader in spine surgery as well as in adopting the latest technologies for patient care.

To learn more about Humble Surgical Hospital, please visit www.humblesurgical.com For more information about Mazor Robotics spine surgery with Renaissance™ visit www.MazorRobotics.com.

For public relations information about Humble Surgical Hospital, contact Director of Public Relations, Mika Rao at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The patients and physician profiled in this release are available for interviews. 

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