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If you're like me you can't get enough of the robots being used in surgeries to help reduce the risk of infection. Check out this article that talks about being able to do an entire spinal surgery before the patient even arrives! Too cool...
From the interesting advances in medicine file: An Israeli company has created small robots for spinal surgery that appear to reduce pain and complication risk for patients. Mazor Robotics' SpineAssist robots are currently in use in the United States, Germany, Russia, Israel, South Korea and several other countries.
SpineAssist is a small robotic arm coupled with a workstation unit that allows surgeons to map out a patient's spinal anatomy in advance (pictured). The package also includes a clamping fixation device and special software to control the robot. These are currently the only robots specifically created for spinal surgery.
One of the robot's most interesting features, Mazor CEO Ori Hadomi tells Fast Company, is how it helps surgeons avoid making deep incisions while repairing the spine. Here is how he described the creation process...
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