Pioneering Spine Surgeon Dr. Kornelis Poelstra and The Robotic Spine Institute of Las Vegas Perform First-Ever AR-Guided Robotic Spine Surgery with xvision Near-Eye Display Headset

Dr. Kornelis Poelstra

(LAS VEGAS, NV) – MAY 10, 2021 – Dr. Kornelis Poelstra, Director of The Robotic Spine Institute of Las Vegas, recently led the first-ever spinal surgery procedure in the world using an xvision augmented reality headset paired with a surgical robot.  

Poelstra’s integration of both is a game changer in the field of spine surgery. 

Once again serving as the lead innovator in the world of spinal surgery robotics, Dr. Poelstra and his practice, in partnership with The Nevada Spine Clinic, completed the posterior lumbar fusion procedure on a patient using a combination of Medtronic’s Mazor X robotic platform integrated with Augmedics’ newly FDA-approved xvision.  

Normally a fairly invasive and lengthy surgery lasting anywhere between six to seven hours, this particular patient’s procedure using the xvision headset in tandem with the Mazor X robot brought the surgery time down to just under two hours.  

This is due to the fact that the xvision headset allows for the surgeon and his team to more precisely identify and pinpoint where to place the implants, in this case a proprietary superalloy MoRe® (Molybdenum-Rhenium) lower-profile 4.5mm rod, paired with the MiRusEuropa™ Pedicle Screw System. 

Prior to the procedure, an Orthopedic and Neurological spine surgeon uses the robotic platform to meticulously pre-plan the exact placement of the implant and screw system. 

Doing so makes the entire process minimally invasive and exponentially more efficient by reducing the time spent in the operating room as well as decreasing the soft-tissue damage compared to that of an open approach, speeding up recovery and healing afterwards. 

Once that initial stage has been completed and the surgery is ready to get underway, Dr. Poelstra puts on his xvision headset, transporting him into a world of augmented reality, where he can follow his three-dimensional anatomical blueprint created through use of the software beforehand.  

As one of the main developers of the Mazor, offered by Medtronic, he uses this platform often for a more minimally invasive procedure, increased efficiency, advanced precision, and rapidly reduces time spent under anesthesia in the operating room.    

With a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands, Dr. Poelstra is on the frontline of the design and development of spinal robotics that assist in spinal fusions. He has performed more than 1,000 complex robotic procedures, more than any other surgeon in the world.  

The Robotic Spine Institute of Las Vegas @ The Nevada Spine Clinic, with Dr. Poelstra at the helm, has developed a reputation for delivering superior care and focusing on innovating the next generation of spine medicine, being at the forefront of medical breakthroughs in the spinal care field. 

For more information on Dr. Poelstra and The Robotic Spine Institute of Las Vegas, visit

Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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