Swedish Medical Center July 29, 2019

New technology offers enhanced surgical precision for patients using advanced 3D planning, guidance, and visualization.

Spine surgeons at HCA Healthcare/HealthONE's Swedish Medical Center have successfully performed one of the first minimally invasive spine surgeries in the Rocky Mountain Region using robotic guidance.

The minimally invasive platform used in the surgery, combines image-based pre-operative analytics with intra-operative guidance to create and execute a personalized surgical plan for each patient.

"This minimally invasive option is extremely precise and accurate," said Peter Syre, MD, neurosurgeon at Swedish Medical Center, "the potential advantages for patients include less post-surgery pain and a decreased need for further surgery."

Mark Watkins, the first patient at Swedish Medical Center, fell from a tree while working as an arborist. The resulting back injury left Watkins in pain and made walking difficult.

"I don't have the constant pain I used to have," Watkins said. "They did my surgery all through a very small incision in my spine. It was really amazing." Just days after receiving spine surgery with robotic guidance at Swedish, he was able to walk with less pain and has continued to improve dramatically in the weeks since his surgery.

Swedish Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the Rocky Mountain Region to offer this new spine surgical technology to patients and is one of the pioneers to adopt this technology in the U.S. Robotic guided spine surgery is the latest in a lineup of advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures available at the Surgical Robotics Institute at Swedish.

For more information about spine surgery with robotic guidance at Swedish Medical Center, please call 303-788-4923.