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Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis at Forefront in Tennessee With the Use of Robotic Technology for Spine Surgery

Mar 8, 2017

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis Completes 300th Robotic Spine Surgery Case

 SFM 300th Mazor Case

(Memphis, Tenn. – March 9, 2017) Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis hit a milestone this week by completing 300 minimally invasive spine surgeries using Mazor Robotics Renaissance™ Guidance System. Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis was the first hospital in Tennessee to offer the Mazor Robotic spine procedures starting in July 2013 and remains the only hospital in Tennessee with this technology.    

Mazor Robotics’ Renaissance™ guidance system has been used to perform thousands of procedures for a wide variety of spinal conditions, including scoliosis degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, and other complex spinal deformity cases. Mazor is an innovative technology that allows surgeons to perform highly-accurate, state-of-the-art guided spinal surgery procedures that can improve patient outcomes and speed recovery.

“Mazor Robotics is ushering in a new era in spine surgery and we are excited to provide this kind of service to our community,” said Audrey Gregory, Market CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare. “Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis remains on the cutting edge in embracing technology that advances the quality of care we provide our patients.”

Before entering the operating room, surgeons use the Renaissance™ to pre-plan the optimal surgery in a CT-based 3-D simulation of the patient’s spine. During surgery, Renaissance™ guides the surgeon’s hand and the tools to the precise pre-planned location.

"The robotic software allows me to map out my patients' procedures before stepping into the operating room.  I then use the robot to execute the operative plan with high levels of accuracy while reducing radiation exposure to everyone in the operating room,” says Samuel Schroerlucke, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon at Tabor Orthopedics and Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis.  “I have treated degenerative lumbar conditions, scoliosis, and sacroiliac joint pain with the robot.  It's exciting to know we are on the forefront of robotic technology right here in Memphis at Saint Francis."

Dr. Schroerlucke performed the first successful robotic case in the state of Tennessee on September 9, 2013. Since then, he has completed 217 spine surgeries with Mazor robotic technology.

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis  is a 479-bed full service hospital located at 5959 Park Avenue in Memphis, Tenn.  Offering a wide array of medical services, Saint Francis is noted for its many Centers of Excellence, including its Center for Surgical Weight Loss, Joint & Spine Center, Heart & Vascular Center, Sleep Center, Chest Pain Emergency Center, and Surgical Services including its Center for Robotic Surgery, Diabetes Center, and Cancer Center.   The hospital has been recognized for excellence of care by United Healthcare, CIGNA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. Saint Francis Hospital serves as an academic training site for University of Tenn. Surgical, Family Practice, and Psychiatric Residents.  The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Saint Francis Hospital, visit

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