Robotic Guidance System at HMH Ocean University Medical Center Improves Predictability of Spinal Procedures

Dr. Hoan-Vu Nguyen and Dr. Vincent Budddle of the Seaview Orthopaedics Spine Team are at the forefront of advanced spine care, utilizing the Mazor Robotic Guidance System to enhance the precision and outcomes of their surgical procedures. This innovative technology allows them to plan and execute spine surgeries with unprecedented accuracy, making the procedure predictable and improving outcomes for patients. By integrating the Mazor system into their practice, Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Buddle demonstrate their commitment to adopting cutting-edge solutions that optimize surgical performance and patient well-being. Their expertise, combined with this state-of-the-art technology, ensures that patients receive the highest standard of spine care available.

What is robotic guidance?

Spinal surgical robotic guidance systems give surgeons the ability to plan and perform spinal procedures with predictability and precision.  The Mazor™ robotic guidance system provides advance planning and simulation features to enable the surgeon’s ability to select the surgical implant and placement in the body for procedures tailored to each patient.

Dr. Nguyen performing a robotic-guided Spinal procedure at HMH Ocean University Medical Center.

How does the Mazor™ Robotic Guidance System work?

The Mazor™ robotic guidance system facilitates patient-specific treatment by enabling precise positioning of surgical instruments or spinal implants during spinal procedures, giving patients confidence in the predictability of their upcoming spinal surgery. Surgeons can perform the procedure created for a patient’s individual anatomy by tracking the position of instruments in relation to the body and identifying this position on 3D CT images used during the procedure. With the Mazor™ robotic guidance system, minimally invasive procedures are more predictable.

How else does Mazor™ robotic guidance system benefit patients?

The Mazor™ robotic guidance system helps surgeons improve planning before and during an operation. Using the system allows for potentially shorter hospital stays by enabling increased precision and minimally invasive techniques. Additionally, patients may experience smaller incisions and less blood loss during a surgery due to the minimally invasive technique. The system also offers patients confidence their surgeons have options to address their surgical needs with integration of drill systems and other navigational tools to adapt to multiple surgical applications for their specific case.

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Mazor™ Robotic Guidance System

The Mazor X™ is indicated for precise positioning of surgical instruments or spinal implants during general spinal surgery. It may be used in either open or minimally invasive or percutaneous procedures.

Mazor X™ 3-D imaging capabilities provide a processing and conversion of 2-D fluoroscopic projections from standard C-Arms into volumetric 3-D image. It is intended to be used whenever the clinician and/or patient benefits from generated 3-D imaging of high contrast objects.  

The Mazor X™ navigation tracks the position of instruments, during spinal surgery, in relation to the surgical anatomy and identifies this position on diagnostic or intraoperative images of a patient.


Do not use the Mazor X™ system with any patient who has been diagnosed or is suspected of having Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).

Meet Dr. Buddle

Dr. Buddle specializes in the treatment of back pain and spinal disorders focusing mainly on degenerative conditions, including cervical and lumbar radiculopathy, myelopathy, disc herniations, and spinal stenosis as well as traumatic injuries to the spine. He also specializes in revision surgery for adjacent segment disease, recurrent stenosis, failure of fusion or loosening/symptomatic hardware.

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Meet Dr. Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen specializes in the treatment of spinal disorders including scoliosis, degenerative spinal diseases, and spine trauma. He is certified in the newest spinal procedures and techniques, including Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Artificial Disc Replacement, and Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty.

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