Neurosurgeon completes 100 robotic surgeries at Health Central

Technology in robotic surgery allows patients to experience less pain and shorter recovery time.

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Dr. Fanor Saavedra-Pozo has performed his 100th robotic surgery at Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital. The leadership at the hospital recently celebrated this significant milestone with the neurosurgeon and his team.

Saavedra-Pozo treats patients using the ExcelsiusGPS robotic navigation platform, which is specifically designed for spine surgeries performed at the Orlando Health Neuroscience Institute. The doctor uses the robot to complete thoracic and lumbar fusions, as well as to address trauma and degenerative conditions to the spine.

“This advanced technology allows our patients to experience smaller incisions, less pain and a shorter recovery time,” said Saavedra-Pozo, who is fellowship trained in spine surgery.

He began using the surgical robot at Health Central about a year ago.

“One of our missions is to expand healthcare services in the West Orange County community,” said Philip Koovakada, senior vice president for the Orlando Health South Central region and president of Health Central Hospital. “We’re thankful to Dr. Saavedra-Pozo for bringing this technology to our residents and increasing access to spine care.”

Health Central Hospital is a Joint Commission-certified spine surgery center of excellence.