First Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery Using Mazor Robotics Renaissance™ in USA

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Michigan neurosurgeon, Dr. John Winestone of Great Lakes Neurosurgical Associates P.C. at Metro Health Hospital, performs first-in-nation robotics guided brain surgery using Mazor Robotics Renaissance™. New minimally invasive surgery technology can offer patient and health care benefits.

dr. john winestone of great lakes neurosurgical associates pc in grand rapids michigan. dr. winestone is the first US surgeon to perform minimally invasive brain surgery using the Mazor Robotics Renaissance. The robot is also used in MIS spinal surgery.

Neurosurgeon Dr. John Winestone at Metro Health Hospital

We are continually seeking out ways to improve patient outcomes, giving them the opportunity to live healthier, more productive lives.

Neurosurgeon Dr. John Winestone of Great Lakes Neurosurgical Associates P.C., recently performed the first robot guided minimally invasive brain surgery in the United States using the Mazor Robotics Renaissance™. The surgery was conducted at Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Renaissance robotic system provides preoperative planning tools, 3D virtual imaging and intraoperative precision guidance robotics, helping surgeons target and reach tissues to be biopsied or removed in surgery. Until now, Renaissance has only been used in the United States to assist in spine surgery. Renaissance is used in Europe for both spine and brain surgery.

Prior to a Renaissance surgery, a patient undergoes radiology studies to help map the surgical path for instruments. The robot is then mounted to the patient’s spine or skull, images are taken to ensure precise placement and surgery is performed. The system provides pinpoint accuracy in removing tissue from the brain or implanting devices into the spine. Patient benefits include fewer incisions, increased surgical accuracy and safety, reduced x-ray exposure and shorter hospital stays.

Dr. John Winestone, a partner with Great Lakes Neurosurgical Associates P.C., and on staff at Metro Health, is one of only two surgeons in the United States trained to use Renaissance for brain surgery.

“I’m excited about the use of new technology in the operating room,” he said. “The Renaissance increases accuracy and moving forward may allow for less invasive stereotactic and functional procedures, such as precision biopsy. The less invasive technique is more gentle and much easier for patients.”

Great Lakes Neurosurgical Associates P.C. (GLNA), based in Grand Rapids, has brought advanced neurosurgical care to West Michigan patients and hospitals for over 35 years. They advocate for patient choice and have been early adopters of new medical technologies within their practice.

“As a collaborative, multi-disciplinary health practice committed to making the best decisions concerning each patient’s welfare, we are continually seeking out ways to improve patient outcomes, giving them the opportunity to live healthier, more productive lives,” said Dr. Lynn Hedeman, practicing neurosurgeon and GLNA founding partner. “New procedures and technologies are one of the many ways in which we continue to provide leading neurosurgical care to our patients and their primary care providers.”

Future expectations for the Renaissance include use for deep brain stimulation of patients with epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease, and to improve patient positioning during surgery.

About Great Lakes Neurosurgical Associates, P.C.
GLNA is an independent, physician-owned medical practice, providing advanced adult and pediatric neurosurgical care to patients for over 35 years. GLNA is located near downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan and serves patients from Michigan, the Midwest, and the greater U.S.A.

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     Great Lakes Neurosurgical Associates, P.C.
     414 Plymouth Ave N.E.
     Grand Rapids, MI 49505

(Please Note: This news release is not intended as professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your doctor before making any health care decisions on what is right for you.)

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