HUDSON — Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has performed its first cases using the Mazor X surgical assurance platform for minimally invasive spinal operations.

The Hudson-area hospital invested about $1 million in the robotic navigation system that is available in this area only at Regional, hospital executives report.

Brian Hudson, a neurosurgeon at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, has performed the first surgery with the new system.

The Mazor X platform can shorten the time for spinal procedures, Hudson marveled in an interview.

The Mazor X system was developed by Mazor Robotics Ltd., in Caesarea, Israel. Its U.S. corporate office is in Orlando.

For an operation that might have taken six hours using traditional surgical methods, Hudson said, the Mazor X system can shorten the procedure to about four hours.

The Mazor X can benefit patients in any age range, Hudson said. The first two patients both were under the age of 50, according to Kurt Conover, the HCA-owned hospital’s marketing director.

The robot can assist in about any spinal operation that involves fusion, Hudson noted, which makes it a tool for about anywhere along the spinal column.

“It enhances the accuracy and speed” of the procedure, Hudson said. As a result, patients should recover sooner since the operation is minimally invasive.

“As spinal surgery has evolved, more focus has been placed on minimizing trauma to the body during surgery and expediting a return to function through the use of minimally invasive techniques,” Hudson said in a press release from the hospital.

Minimally invasive procedures can mean less pain, less blood loss, smaller incisions, shorter hospitalizations and shorter recovery time for patients.

Smaller incisions usually pose a challenge to surgeons, Hudson explained, because of the limited view of the anatomy. The Mazor X system helps to overcome this challenge with a 3D comprehensive surgical plan and analytics that provide information before the surgery even starts, resulting in greater precision and efficiency.

“Minimally invasive surgery has been a major focus for us in recent years,” Joe Rudisill, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s chief operating officer, said in a press release. “We believe in providing the most advanced technologies along with the highest quality care for our patients. Our analysis of surgical guidance systems showed that the Mazor X system would further enable our surgeons to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.”

In addition to Hudson, neurosurgeons George Giannakopoulos, Amir Ahmadian and Armen Deukmedjian perform procedures at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point using the Mazor X .