Robotic Guidance Platform Provides More Comprehensive Pre-operative Planning, Improved Implant Placement, Real-time Imaging for Improved Patient Outcomes

To provide advanced spine surgical care for patients throughout southern Nevada, Centennial Hills and Henderson hospitals now offer the Mazor X Stealth™ Edition Robotic Guidance Platform. The inaugural procedures at both hospitals occurred in March 2021.

The technology allows surgeons to create a customized surgery plan by using a CT-based 3D models of the patient’s spine prior to surgery. As part of the pre-operative planning, the personalized model allows the physician to determine exactly where implants should be placed.

During surgery, the robotic arms use precise navigation to place and support the implants. Simultaneously, the surgeon can use real-time imaging feedback to ensure the complex spine surgery is proceeding as planned.

“Mazor X Stealth Edition is an amazing, innovative platform that allows us to offer the latest surgical options for patients who need spine surgery,” said Kevin R. Sharif, MD, who performed the first case utilizing the new equipment at Henderson Hospital in March. “This technology combines computer navigation and robotics to deliver safe, reliable, and precise minimally invasive spine surgery in the Las Vegas Valley.”

“Surgical robotics is not the future – it is very much here, at the present time, and I believe it has become the standard of care at Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center,” said I. Michael Schneier, MD, who performed the first case at Centennial Hills Hospital last month.

Benefits of the technology include reduced exposure to radiation because of fewer needs for X-ray images to verify the placement of implants; a smaller and more precise area of operating on the spine due to the 3D imagery; an anticipated faster recovery time; and lower rates of infection.

Conditions and Medical Procedures
Surgeons may use the Mazor X Stealth robotic surgery system to treat multiple conditions that require precise positioning of screws or other implants, particularly in lumbar and thoracic spinal fusions. Some conditions that can be treated include:

Degenerative disc disease
Spinal fractures
Spinal implants
Spinal stenosis
Spine deformity
Spine fusion
Vertebrae fractures
Walking or movement deformities

About The Valley Health System
Centennial Hills and Henderson hospitals are both members of The Valley Health System (VHS). Accredited by The Joint Commission, VHS hospitals provide a comprehensive array of medical services including cardiovascular, neurosciences, maternity and women’s health, emergency and surgical care, along with specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, pediatrics, orthopedics, diabetes, wound care, surgical weight loss/bariatrics, geropsychiatric services and acute inpatient rehabilitation units. For more information, visit