Phoenix Children’s Hospital to Perform Robotic Neurosurgery on Pediatric Patients
Mon, April 19, 2021

Phoenix Children’s Hospital to Perform Robotic Neurosurgery on Pediatric Patients

Phoenix Children’s Hospital will be using the Medtronic Stealth Autoguide Platform in neurosurgical procedures / Credits: MAD.vertise via Shutterstock


Robots have entered the healthcare industry, bringing new innovations to treat patients and help medical professionals with their jobs. One of these robotic innovations is the Medtronic Stealth Autoguide Platform, which was recently cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is the first cranial robotic platform that integrates with Medtronic’s enabling technology portfolio, creating an end-to-end procedural solution. 

The Medtronic Stealth Autoguide Platform will be used by Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the first health system in the US to receive and deploy the robotic innovation. The robotic guidance system was designed for the spatial positioning and orientation of instrument holders or tool guides used in neurosurgical procedures. These procedures include Visualase procedures, stereoelectroencephalographies (sEEG), and biopsies. The system has advanced software, navigation, and instrumentation, enabling to be accurate during the procedures. 

According to The Robot Report, an online site that provides robotics news, research, analysis and investment tracking for engineers, technology, and business professionals, community partners such as the Del E. Webb Foundation, Thunderbirds Charities, and WINGS are among those who helped with the funding of the platform. 

“Phoenix Children’s is proud to invest in the best possible technology for use while we provide outstanding care to children. We are committed to being at the forefront of surgical innovation and having the most advanced solutions for pediatric patients,” Daniel Ostlie, M.D., the surgeon in chief and chair of surgery at Phoenix Children's, said. 

This is not the first time that Medtronic, among the world’s largest medical technology, services, and solutions companies, has developed robotic innovations that would help patients and hospitals. However, they also encountered some problems. Earlier this month, Medtronic stated that its Mazor X surgical robotic systems could detach and fall onto the OR table, potentially injuring a patient. Fortunately, there had been no reported injuries, although Medtronic said it has received seven complaints of this issue.