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First Robot-Guided Lower Spine Joint Fusion in North America Performed at Reston Hospital Center

June 16, 2013

Reston, Virginia,– Christopher Good, M.D., Spine Specialist at the Virginia Spine Institute, performed the first robot-guided sacroiliac joint (SI) fusion procedure in North America at Reston Hospital Center on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Reston Hospital’s Mazor Renaissance™ surgical guidance system, the only in the mid-Atlantic, assists surgeons in placing spinal instrumentation accurately and with enhanced patient safety through the development of a preoperative blueprint.

The sacroiliac joint is located at the base of the spine and connects the hip and tail bone. Symptoms of sacroiliac dysfunction most commonly present as lower back pain, buttocks pain, weakness, numbness and difficulty controlling muscles in the affected area. Traditionally it can be treated with physical therapy, exercise, pain medications and/or injections; however, when these conservative methods fail surgical intervention is a viable option.

“Reston Hospital Center is committed to providing our physicians with the most advanced technology to build upon their skills and allow them to perform groundbreaking treatments. We believe that the greatest surgeons use technology to its fullest for the safety and success of their patients”, said John Deardorff, President and CEO, Reston Hospital Center.