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St. David’s Medical Center among first in Texas to use innovative surgical technology for spinal procedures

Robotic guidance platform improves accuracy, reduces procedure and recovery time

AUSTIN, Texas—St David’s Medical Center recently began using new, innovative technology for improved spinal procedures. The hospital is among the first in Texas to perform spinal surgeries using the Mazor X Stealth™ Edition Robotic Guidance Platform. This technology allows surgeons to improve accuracy by offering comprehensive visualization before the surgery begins.

The robotic guidance platform features interactive, 3-D planning tools for real-time image guidance, allowing for easier manipulation during minimally invasive procedures.

“The future of surgery involves the marriage of robotics and navigation software,” Dr. Rick Wupperman, orthopedic spine surgeon at St. David’s Medical Center, said. “Robotic guidance platforms allow surgeons to operate with greater precision and efficiency.”

The innovative surgical technology can be used for precise positioning of surgical instruments or spinal implants during open or minimally invasive spinal procedures.

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St. David’s Medical Center

St. David’s Medical Center, which is part of St. David’s HealthCare, is a full-service medical center offering comprehensive medical care at three locations—St. David’s Medical Center, Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital.

Located in Central Austin, St. David’s Medical Center includes a 356-bed acute care hospital and a 64-bed rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. It is home to the internationally renowned Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute and St. David’s Neuroscience & Spine Institute. The hospital provides a complete range of women’s services, including its acclaimed maternity unit, maternal-fetal medicine, a high-risk maternal and neonatal transport team, the region’s largest Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and The Breast Center; complex surgical services; a comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center; and a 24-hour emergency department. In 2018, St. David’s Medical Center was named among the Top 50 Hospitals in the nation by Healthgrades.