Riverside Community Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of the state-of-the-art guidance system for spine surgery, Mazor X™, and is the first hospital in Southern California to use this new advanced technology for multilevel deformity correction.

The hospital’s recent investment in the Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance System provides surgeons the accuracy and precision during the surgical treatment of many complex spine conditions such as degenerative disc disease, scoliosis (or curvature of the spine), herniated disc, spondylolisthesis, stenosis, vertebral fractures and more.

For patients, it delivers less radiation and is used to treat some of the most complex spinal deformity cases. In some cases, the benefits of the minimally-invasive procedure can mean less pain, smaller incisions, shorter hospitalizations and faster recovery. Smaller incisions usually pose a challenge to surgeons due to the lack of direct line-of-vision, and can require many intraoperative X-rays to compensate for this. Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance System helps to overcome these challenges providing patients with the best possible clinical results.

Dr. Samer Ghostine and Dr. Sam Bederman at the Neuroscience Center at Riverside Community Hospital recently performed the first spine surgery using the new Mazor X™.

“The robot is a useful tool that allows the surgeon to help guide and simplify the surgery in more complex cases,” says Samer Ghostine, M.D., Neurosurgical Section Chair at Riverside Community Hospital.  “Riverside Community Hospital is dedicated to a higher level of excellence when it comes to the services we offer our patients and strives to be the leading healthcare facility of choice in the region.  In order to do this, it is important we stay up to date with the latest advancements in medical technology.”

Mazor Robotics technology has been clinically validated to ensure 1.5mm accuracy for increased patient safety as compared to freehand spine surgery. Before entering the operating room, surgeons use Mazor X™ to pre-plan the optimal surgery in a CT-based 3-D simulation of the patient's spine. During surgery, the robot guides the surgeon's hand and tools to the precise pre-planned location. In a recent multicenter study published in Spine journal, investigators stated that Mazor Robotics technology "offers enhanced performance in spinal surgery when compared to freehand surgeries, by increasing placement accuracy and reducing neurologic risks."1 It also may reduce the use of fluoroscopy in minimally-invasive procedures.

"Our first commitment to our patients is to continue to provide the highest quality of care and in return, better outcomes for our patients," said Patrick Brilliant, President and Chief Executive Officer, Riverside Community Hospital. "Our hospital offers a world-class team of neurological and orthopedic physicians who are specially trained in the use of some of the latest and advanced technology and we are proud to now offer Mazor X™ for the treatment of patients with scoliosis and other complex spinal deformities.”

“Riverside Community Hospital has a 5-star orthopedic program and adopting this new advanced technology for neurological and spine surgery will allow us to offer a higher level of surgical care to the community,” says Saba Habis, MD., Chief Medical Officer at Riverside Community Hospital. “The investment in the Mazor X™ System offers our surgeons pre-operative assessment and intra-operative precision to enable better patient outcomes.”

For more information about Mazor™ Robotics Spine Surgery at Riverside Community Hospital, visit Riverside Community Hospital

About Riverside Community Hospital (RCH)

Riverside Community Hospital has been serving the Southern California community for over 110 years with a staff of over 2,000 employees, 500 physicians and over 200 specialties. Through their passion of providing the most comprehensive, quality healthcare and commitment in investing in the latest technologic advances in medicine, Riverside Community Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performing Hospital on Key Quality Measures for three consecutive years in a row by The Joint Commission and is rated as a five-star orthopedic program by Healthgrades.

RCH houses one of the largest Emergency Room and Trauma Center in the Inland Empire at 50 treatment rooms.  RCH is the largest STEMI (heart attack) receiving center and is a fully accredited Chest Pain Center.  Specialty services include the HeartCare Institute, offering invasive and non-invasive cardiac procedures, Center of Excellence for Surgical Weight Loss, the Transplant Program, the Cancer Center and a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Riverside Community Hospital is also committed to training the next generation of physicians through its Graduate Medical Education program.  

1Devito DP, Kaplan L, Dietl R, et al. Clinical acceptance and accuracy assessment of spinal implants guided with SpineAssist surgical robot: retrospective study. Spine. 2010;35(24):2109-2115.