California practice 1 of few in world to implement 2 spine robots


DOCS Health, a 21-physician group in Beverly Hills, Calif., is one of the few practices in the world to offer spine surgery with two robots: Medtronic's Mazor X and Globus Medical's ExcelsiusGPS.

Spine robots allow for smaller incisions, improved precision, less damage to muscle tissue and more reproducible surgeries, which leads to better outcomes and speedier recoveries for patients. They are also designed to reduce radiation exposure to the surgeon, operating room staff and patient.

The Mazor system was the first robot used successfully for spinal surgeries in 2004. Medtronic acquired Mazor for $1.7 billion in 2018 to advance its robotics platforms. In 2017, Globus Medical launched ExcelsiusGPS, which has been used in nearly 30,000 spine surgeries.

"DOCS Health wants to bring the best robotic technology into the operating room that can make spinal surgery safer and more reproducible," neurosurgeon Albert Wong, MD, said in a March 16 news release. "We are proud to be one of the few practices that have spine surgeons trained on the two most advanced spine surgery robots on the market today." 

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