Robotics is here to stay — Drs. Kornelis Poelstra & Dennis Devito on working with Mazor technology

Written by  Megan Wood – August 25, 2016


Robotic technology is gaining traction in the spine surgery field, allowing surgeons to pre-plan and customize procedures to fit an individual’s anatomy.

In a Mazor Robotics-sponsored webinar, Dennis P. Devito, MD, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta spine program director, and Kornelis Poelstra, MD, PhD, of Miramar, Fla.-based Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, discussed their experiences using Mazor Robotics technology during spine surgeries.

“Robotics are here to stay and are really going to help us,” said Dr. Poelstra, who has already performed 92 Mazor X cases to date.

Although Dr. Devito relied on freehand technique for the majority of his career, Dr. Devito began using robotic technology in 2006, to “add a dimension of safety and precision” to pedicle screw implantation during spinal surgery.

The United States has 70 hospitals actively using Mazor Robotics technology with 113 centers globally, and 16,000 cases have been performed worldwide.

Dr. Devito’s clinical evidence
Dr. Devito and his colleagues at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) prospectively collected data on cases using robotic-guided technology.




Drue is Managing Partner for The De Angelis Group.

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