Minnesota ASC 1st in state to perform spine surgery with Medtronic robot

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Woodbury, Minn.-based Summit Orthopedics' Eagan Surgery Center was reportedly the first ASC in the state to perform spine surgery with the Mazor X Stealth Edition robotic system.

Roman Guerrero, MD, performed an L4-L5 transforaminal interbody fusion and a posterior decompression and fusion on a 58-year-old man.

The patient had disabling lower back pain and right-side radiating lower extremity pain for nine months, during which he underwent nonsurgical treatment as part of Summit's multimodal therapy approach, according to a June 9 news release.

"Every patient is unique, and every patient deserves the most personalized care available," Dr. Guerrero said in a June 9 news release. "It was very exciting to use this new state-of-the-art robotic technology today and to realize the enhanced positive impact we can now have on our spinal surgery patients."

Summit Orthopedics said Eagan Surgery Center was the first ASC in the U.S. to earn the Joint Commission's certificate of distinction for the management of spinal fusion and the first in the state to earn Blue Distinction Center+ status for spine surgery from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. 

Summit Orthopedics has 46 physicians and 25 locations across Minnesota, according to its website.

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