Robot-Assisted Spine Surgery at UCSF

In the last year, the UCSF Spine Center has begun using the Mazor X robotic guidance system for single- and multiple-level spinal fusions. Using advanced software and planning algorithms, the robotic arm moves into place, providing the precise entry point and trajectory for inserting screws according to the surgical plan.

In this intraoperative video, watch UCSF neurosurgeon Praveen Mummaneni, MD, MBA and team, including orthopedic surgeon Sigurd Berven, MD, neurosurgery resident John Burke, MD, PhD, and former spine fellow Rory Mayer, MD, perform a robotic-assisted transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) to treat lumbar stenosis and spondylolisthesis in a 72-year-old patient.



“Robotic tools like these can help improve accuracy and potentially improve patient outcomes," said Mummaneni. "Robotics in spinal surgery will evolve in the coming decade and new generations of robots may allow us to expand their use at UCSF to other indications such as spinal deformity.”