Roman Guerrero, M.D., one of Summit’s spine surgery experts, discusses the groundbreaking surgery — the first to use the Mazor X Stealth™ Edition Robotic Guidance Platform in an ambulatory surgery center.
On June 8, Summit Orthopedics spine surgeon Roman Guerrero, M.D., successfully performed spine surgery at the Eagan Surgery Center using the Mazor X Stealth Edition Robotic Guidance Platform. Dr. Guerrero became the first surgeon in the Midwest to use the leading-edge robotic-assisted surgical platform at an ambulatory surgery center.
Because they use such small incisions, minimally invasive procedures traditionally give surgeons a limited view of the patient’s anatomy. This can make minimally invasive options more technically complex than open surgeries are. The Mazor X Stealth Edition enables surgeons to see the patient’s anatomy with ease. The technology combines image-based preoperative planning tools and analytics with intraoperative guidance to help surgeons perform minimally invasive spine procedures with greater precision, accuracy, and efficiency.
“Every patient is unique, and every patient deserves the most personalized care available. Summit Orthopedics has always been at the forefront of delivering that personalized care and achieving tremendous patient results, and our integration of the Mazor X Stealth further exemplifies that,” said Dr. Guerrero.
The patient was a 58-year-old man who had struggled with severe back pain for years. He also experienced right-side leg pain. After trying all available nonsurgical options over nine months, the patient and Dr. Guerrero determined that it was time for surgery. Assisted by the Mazor X Stealth, Dr. Guerrero performed a lumbar transforaminal interbody fusion and a posterior decompression.
“It was very exciting to use this new, state-of-the-art robotic technology and to realize the enhanced positive impact we can now have on our spinal surgery patients,” Dr. Guerrero said.
Mazor X Stealth Available at Summit’s Eagan Location
Summit Orthopedics’ Eagan location is proud to offer advanced surgical technology like the Mazor X Stealth as part of its commitment to excellence. This center was the first ambulatory surgery center in the nation to earn The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for the Management of Spinal Fusion. It was also the first in the state to earn Blue Distinction Center+ Status for Spine Surgery from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Summit Orthopedics’ Eagan location is a one-stop, state-of-the-art center offering patients comprehensive orthopedic treatment that includes physician consultations, advanced imaging, therapy, bracing, orthotics, and a seven-day-a-week walk-in clinic. The Eagan Surgery Center is located within the facility and offers surgical care and overnight recovery in specialized care suites adjacent to the surgical facility for those undergoing advanced spine procedures and total joint replacements.
“Today’s surgery was a wonderful success, and I anticipate my patient will return to a level of pain-free mobility he hasn’t experienced in years,” Dr. Guerrero said.
Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise
Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action. Start your journey to a healthy spine. Find your spine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a spine consultation.
More resources for you:
- Get to know Dr. Guerrero in this introductory video.
- Read an article on reducing sciatica pain featuring Dr. Guerrero.
- Learn more about minimally invasive spine surgery.