Dr. Ozgur Recognized for Robotic Surgery

Hoag is the first hospital on the West Coast to offer ExcelsiusGPSTM, the most advanced automated technology designed to enhance the safety and accuracy of robotic-assisted, minimally invasive spine surgery.

“This revolutionary technology provides our patients and clinical team with the most technologically advanced minimally invasive treatment option available,” said Burak Ozgur, M.D., chief of service for the Neurosurgery Spine Program at the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag. “This robotic instrument still allows the surgeon to be in complete control, but gives them the added benefit of 3D guided navigation in one easy-to-use tool.”

By combining computerized navigation and robotics, the ExcelsiusGPS provides real time, detailed visualization throughout the procedure to help ensure success and improve outcomes. The system is designed to streamline the procedure, reduce overall radiation exposure to the patient, surgeon and staff, and minimize pain and recovery time after surgery. This new technology allows surgeons to work using the preoperative scans, reducing the need for intraoperative radiation exposure while providing the detailed imaging road map that allows for precision and success.

Hoag has received numerous national, state and local accolades for its success with robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery, as well as being named one of the Top 100 Hospitals & Health Systems with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs for 2017 by Becker’s Hospital Review. Hoag has shown repeatedly how such surgery can result in less blood loss, reduced muscle damage and faster recovery times. This new platform is representative of Hoag’s dedication to innovation in increasing safety and accuracy within the operating room.

In the coming months, Hoag will also serve as a training facility for surgeons across the country that want to observe and train in spine procedures using the ExcelsiusGPS.

Robotic platforms are important tools throughout Hoag’s centers of excellence. In fact, advanced computer-assisted technology is becoming the standard of care in cancer, women’s health, cardiovascular conditions and general surgery at Hoag. By introducing this new technology to spine neurosurgery, Hoag is upholding its commitment to improving outcomes for patients through continued innovation.

“We continue to invest in these state-of-the-art tools because our patients expect and deserve the best and latest technology that medicine has to offer,” said Michael Brant-Zawadzki, M.D., F.A.C.R., senior physician executive and the Ron & Sandi Simon Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair of the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute, Hoag.

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