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2013 Press Releases
First Robot-Guided Sacroiliac (SI) Fusion Surgery in Colorado Performed at Parker Adventist Hospital

New minimally invasive surgical treatment for lower back pain.

August 27, 2013 (Parker, CO) – Parker Adventist Hospital announced today that local neurosurgeon, Dr. Brad Duhon performed the area’s first robotically guided sacroiliac joint (SIJ) fusion procedure. This technological advancement combining Mazor Robotics’ Renaissance™ System and the iFuse Implant System®, allows for increased surgical accuracy and enhanced patient safety while performing this complex procedure on a three dimensional joint.

This is a promising procedure for patients with unresolved low back symptoms related to the sacroiliac joint. The sacroiliac joint connects the sacrum, the triangular bone at the bottom of the spine, with the pelvis. This joint can become damaged either due to normal wear and tear over time or through injury.

When such damage occurs, it can cause significant discomfort from the lower back down to the lower buttock region and the upper leg. This discomfort can lead to debilitation and one’s quality-of-life may greatly suffer.

According to published literature, up to 30% of all low back symptoms are sacroiliac joint in origin1 but is often not included when diagnosing lower back pain. “Over the last 70 years, the medical community has focused on the vertebral discs, such as a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease, as a generator of low back pain,” says Dr. Duhon. “Because of this, the sacroiliac joint is often overlooked and should be included as part of a diagnosis for lower back pain.”

The iFuse procedure takes about an hour and involves three small titanium implants inserted surgically across the sacroiliac joint. The entire process is done through one or two small incisions, with no soft tissue stripping and minimal tendon irritation.

Patients typically leave the hospital the next day after surgery and can usually resume daily living activities within six weeks, depending on how well they are healing and based on physician’s orders. For more information on the iFuse Implant System®, go to

Mazor Robotics technology has been clinically validated and ensures the highest level of safety for patients by its consistent accuracy of 1.5mm. Before entering the OR, surgeons use Renaissance™ to pre-plan the optimal surgery in a CT-based 3D simulation of the patient’s anatomy. During surgery, Renaissance™ guides surgeons to the precise pre-planned location with utmost accuracy. Investigators of a recent 14-site international multicenter study published in the peer-review journal Spine concluded that Mazor Robotics technology “offers enhanced performance in spinal surgery when compared to freehand surgeries, by increasing placement accuracy and reducing neurologic risks.” It also enables minimally invasive surgery with less fluoroscopy. For more information about Mazor Robotics spine surgery with Renaissance™ visit

About Parker Adventist Hospital

With leading medical experts, cutting edge technology and a broad range of clinical services, Parker Adventist Hospital is committed to excellence in healthcare. Founded in 2004, Parker Hospital is a 134-bed hospital that is part of Centura Health, the region’s largest healthcare network. Parker Hospital offers patients access to more than 55 medical specialties, including Joint Commissioned certified stroke, spine, and joint replacement programs, advanced robotic surgery, neuroscience program, award-winning BirthPlace, bariatric surgery center of excellence, and more. Parker Hospital is ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for patient satisfaction. For more information about our full-range of medical specialties and programs, visit or follow us via Twitter @ParkerHospital and

1. Szadek, et al. Diagnostic Validity of Criteria for Sacroiliac Joint Pain. Journal of Pain, 2009: 10(4) 354-368Deyo RA, Weinstein JN, Low Back Pain, N Engl J Med 2001: 344(5): 363-370


Rachel Robinson
Parker Adventist Hospital  - PR/Marketing Director
Phone: 303-269-4729 / Pager: 303-203-8604

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