Fusion Robotics Completes its First Spinal Procedure


March 22, 2021

Fusion Robotics, which is developing a spinal robotics and navigation system, has announced the successful completion of a spine procedure using the company’s technology platform. Completed by Dr. Kevin Foley at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., the procedure was a single-level minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLF), including the placement of pedicle screw fixation guided by the Fusion Robotics system.

“We’re thrilled to be the first hospital in the world to use this newly available technology,” said Kimberly Hallum-Stewart, system administrator for neurosciences at Baptist. “The goal of our health system is to serve our patients by providing the right care at the right place, leading to the highest outcomes. With the surgical accuracy and price-point of this technology, it is easy to see that robotic technology will now become more available to both large medical centers, as well as smaller regional hospitals; an opportunity that has not been available until now.”

This first procedure was completed just weeks after the company received FDA clearance, with the goal of a nationwide launch in 2021. The company said it will launch several new technologies, including a fluoroscopy-based robotic navigation system. Headquartered in Boulder, Colo., the company focuses on research, development and commercialization of robotics technologies for spinal surgical applications. The company with its partners, Interventional Systems and Intellijoint Surgical, to provide pragmatic and economical navigation and robotics solution for broad clinical use in spine surgery.

“We’re excited to team up with clinical partners to make a difference for patients,” said Brad Clayton, CEO of Fusion Robotics. “This is what it’s all about, and we’re just getting started.”

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