First Robot-Guided Sacroiliac (SI) Fusion Surgery in North America Is Performed

Dr. Christopher R. Good, Spinal Specialist at the Virginia Spine Institute, Pioneers Breakthrough in Spinal Health Care by Performing First Robot-Guided Sacroiliac (SI) Fusion Surgery to Treat Sacroiliitis

RESTON, VA--(Marketwired - June 19, 2013) - Dr. Christopher R. Good, Spinal Specialist at the Virginia Spine Institute, performed the first robot-guided sacroiliac joint (SI) fusion procedure in North America at Reston Hospital Center. This technological advancement allows for increased surgical accuracy and enhanced patient safety while performing this complex procedure on a three dimensional joint. Mazor Robotics' Renaissance™, manufactured by Mazor Robotics Ltd., assisted Dr. Good in placing spinal instrumentation and effectively preparing the SI joint for the fusion.

With this inaugural case, the patient had been suffering with severe tenderness and pain radiating out over the SI joint on the right side. The patient failed extensive non-operative treatment and diagnostic intraarticular injections which confirmed a clear source of pain in the SI joint.

The sacroiliac is a joint located at the base of the spine connecting the sacrum with the pelvis. Symptoms of sacroiliac dysfunction most commonly present as lower back pain, buttocks pain, and radiculopathy. Traditionally SI joint dysfunction can be treated with physical therapy, exercise, pain medications and/or injections; however, when these conservative methods fail surgical intervention is a viable option for the patient. 

Dr. Good and the team of experts at the Virginia Spine Institute were the first in the Mid-Atlantic region to perform robot-guided spine surgery and they continue to pioneer alternate methods of utilitizing technology to facilitate complex procedures to alleviate patients' pain and return them to their daily lives.

"Robot-assisted surgery represents a major technological breakthrough for patients. My experience with robotic surgery began seven years ago and it is very exciting to see the progress that has been made. Robot-assisted surgery helps make surgery safer and I am very excited to apply this technology to patients suffering with sacroiliitis," comments Dr. Christopher R. Good.

About the Virginia Spine Institute: The Virginia Spine Institute is the award-winning medical practice in the DC area solely dedicated to spinal health care. Over the past 20 years we have improved the lives of over 50,000 patients. Our mission is to provide convenience of specialty care to improve the lives of those suffering from neck or back pain. We have assembled the top physicians from multiple specialties of spinal health care under one roof. Custom treatment options include non operative care, pain management, physical therapy, and when needed surgical intervention, including minimally invasive procedures.

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Erin Orr
Communications Director 
Virginia Spine Institute
Tel: 703.709.1114 x 180

Dr. Christopher Good, Spine Surgeon, Virginia Spine Institute Mazor Robotics' Renaissance(TM), manufactured by Mazor Robotics Ltd. Dr. Christopher Good, Spinal Specialist, Virginia Spine Institute performs first robot-guided SI fusion in North America