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Mazor Robotics announces world’s first Renaissance asleep deep brain stimulation procedure

Mazor Robotics, a developer of guidance systems and complementary products, has announced that a surgeon utilized Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System to perform asleep deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedure earlier March 2014 at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, Colorado.

The team was led by neurosurgeon Dr David VanSickle of the Denver DBS Center. The patient, a 65-year-old male recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, was treated for tremors and is responding well, according to Dr. VanSickle.

Dr. VanSickle said that using the Renaissance system provides much more accuracy and holds the trajectory.

"Because of this, more patients have the option of being asleep during the procedure than before. This is not only helpful for the patient and relieves a great deal of anxiety, but it enables the doctor to perform the procedure quicker, with less complication and fewer probes into the brain.

"New research recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that undergoing DBS in the earlier stages of Parkinson’s disease is extremely effective, contrary to earlier recommendations that patients must have the disease for at least seven years to see the benefits of DBS.

"The research also found DBS to be more effective than medications in controlling tremors in patients with Parkinson’s disease," Dr. VanSickle added.

Mazor Robotics Renaissance system is the first and only of its kind cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration for spine and brain surgery.