University of California, Irvine Medical Center purchases a SpineAssist unit


The University of California, Irvine Medical Center has purchased a unit of SpineAssist, Mazor Robotics’ surgical robotic system that enables surgeons to conduct minimally invasive and complex spine surgeries in a safe and accurate manner. The UC Irvine Medical Center, renowned for adopting cutting-edge medical technologies, is a world leader in performing robot-assisted surgeries for a variety of medical conditions.

“UC Irvine is a leader in robotic surgery, and the addition of SpineAssist will dramatically enhance our comprehensive robotic offering by adding spinal procedures to our specialties,” said Ralph V. Clayman, dean, UC Irvine School of Medicine. “Robotic surgery offers significant technological benefits to surgical performance versus conventional surgery and the University’s investment in these advanced robotic technologies underscores our commitment to clinical excellence and successful patient outcomes.”

SpineAssist is designed to guide the surgeon, who performs the procedure manually with the help of the robotic arm. The system has been scientifically proven to increase the accuracy of spinal implants and significantly lower rates of misplaced screws and neurological deficits. For patients, this translates to fewer complications and revisions; and the minimally invasive technique contributes to faster recovery, with less pain and scarring. Additionally, use of SpineAssist results in less radiation exposure for the patient, surgeon and entire operating room team during surgery.

“The selection of SpineAssist by a world class institution such as UC Irvine validates the benefits our system provides and underscores the value it provides patients, surgeons and hospitals,” said Ori Hadomi, CEO of Mazor Robotics. “Over the past two months, Mazor has sold a number of SpineAssist systems to hospitals across Europe. We are currently expanding our US operations, as several other leading US hospitals and medical centres are looking to develop robotic spine programmes.”