Athens, Ga.-based GNS Surgery Center, a United Surgical Partners International affiliate, installed the Mazor Robotics Renaissance system and completed the first procedure.
"The clinical value proposition of Mazor's robotic guidance systems gave us the confidence to make the jump and adopt this exciting technology for our patients," said Bryan Barnes, MD. "And we are very pleased with the clinical result and the integration of Renaissance into our spine program."
GNS is the first ASC in Georgia to offer the Renaissance system, but Mazor sees many more ASCs installing the technology in the future. During the company's 2017 earnings conference call, CEO Ori Hadomi said it would target ASCs for the legacy Renaissance robotic technology for spine surgery.
"Our primary focus for the Renaissance is the ambulatory surgery center, or ASCs, a market segment that we believe will take advantage of the system's value pricing," he said. Mazor aims to continue developing its new technology with Medtronic, Mazor X, and marketing it to hospitals.
"In the U.S., we believe there are approximately 1,000 ASCs that would benefit from using the Renaissance system," Mr. Hadomi said. "At the same time, we don't believe this will cannibalize any Mazor X system sales due to the case volume and system costs."
The Renaissance technology is designed to provide more precise screw placement for minimally invasive procedures. GNS is a 2-OR ASC focused on neurosurgery and pain management.