IF SURGEONS MISS THEIR MARK THE RESULTS CAN BE DEVASTATING.
NOW, DOCTORS HAVE A PINT-SIZED TOOL TO HELP THEM HIT THEIR TARGET DURING A POPULAR PROCEDURE.
THIS GREEN GLOWING ROBOT FITS IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND BUT IT'S DESIGNED TO HELP YOUR BACK.
"Two disks were way out of filter."
GAIL AND PAUL WELLS MET AND FELL IN LOVE AFTER THEY BOTH LOST THEIR SPOUSES.
"We just clicked."
THE NEWLYWEDS LOVE TO TRAVEL BUT LONG TRIPS WERE PAINFUL FOR GAIL.
"Sitting was really difficult."
SHE HAD DEGENERATIVE SPINAL STENOSIS.
"The result of that is a narrowing of the spinal canal. Which is a very very common problem that we see as we get older."
DOCTOR FAISSAL ZAHRAWI SUGGESTED SPINAL FUSION. BUT INSTEAD OF FREE-HANDING THE HARDWARE INTO GAIL'S BACK HE USED THE MAZOR RENAISSANCE.
"The robot aids in the insertion of these screws and rods."
BEFORE THE PROCEDURE, DETAILED SCANS ARE TAKEN GIVING SURGEONS A 3-D LOOK AT THE SPINE.
"Which we've never seen before."
THE INFO IS SENT TO THE ROBOT.
THEN DURING THE OPERATION IT GUIDES SURGEONS ON WHERE TO PLACE THE HARDWARE.
DOCTOR ZAHRAWI SAYS THE FREE-HAND TECHNIQUE CAN BE UP TO FIVE-PERCENT OFF THE MARK. THE ROBOT GETS HIM WITHIN ONE MILLIMETER.
"The safety factor is huge."
A MONTH AFTER SURGERY AND GAIL'S BACK ON TRACK.
"Oh, I'm walking miles, sometimes five miles a day."
ENJOYING TIME WITH HER HUSBAND AS THEY PLAN A TRIP TO TAHITI.
"We have nothing holding us back from our future adventures. We can pretty much do what we want to now. Mmm hmm."
THE DOCTOR TELLS US IF SPINAL FUSION SURGERIES AREN'T DONE CORRECTLY LOWER BACK AND LEG PAIN CAN CONTINUE.
HE BELIEVES THE ROBOT CONSIDERABLY LOWERS THOSE RISKS.
HE ADDS THAT IT ALSO HELPS CUT DOWN ON RADIATION EXPOSURE BY 80-PERCENT... BECAUSE FEWER X-RAYS ARE NEEDED DURING THE SURGERY.
Dentistry from the Heart gets underway at 7:30 Friday morning.
Banner Health in Phoenix is starting the first phase of a clinical…