Experts in spine care to host free community workshop on noninvasive options

Experts in spine care to host free community workshop on noninvasive options
Orthopedic surgeon Neville Alleyne demonstrates the Renaissance technology at Tri-City Medical Center to pro golfers during the Carlsbad LPGA tournament. Courtesy photo

ENCINITAS — Eight out of 10 of you reading this will suffer from some type of back pain in your lifetime.

And chances are, regardless of the cause of your pain, you suffer silently.

Dr. Neville Alleyne and Dr. Payam Moazzaz realize this, and invite you to a free workshop that will explore the many noninvasive treatment options available for all types of back issues that could help get your life and your back … back.

In the event that you require a spinal fusion, you might feel that back surgery isn’t an option for you. Concerns about the risks associated with the surgery, doubts about the effectiveness and the lengthy recovery time have likely swayed you against electing to have a procedure done.

One of the latest advances in technology, robotic spine surgery, can help to alleviate those fears.

One of the risks associated with surgery has to do with the length of time a patient is under anesthesia. In traditional back surgery the doctor doesn’t have the full scope of the patient’s issue until the time of the actual surgery, which means a longer and more invasive operation.

Mazor Robotics, which is used by Dr. Moazzaz and Dr. Alleyne at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, allows surgeons to create a “flight plan” of sorts prior to operating.

“One of my favorite things to do is plan out my patient’s surgery using the robotic computer software on my laptop at home the night before their surgery,” Dr. Moazzaz said.

“Most of the surgery is done before my patient ever gets to the operating room, which minimizes the length of time they are under anesthesia and helps ensure the outcomes are predictable and reproducible.”

Another reason many put off back surgery is because they fear the results won’t be enough to justify an operation.

Mazor Robotics’ technology is designed to provide consistent accuracy to 1 mm, which is superior to freehand surgery.

In fact, a recently published study demonstrated 98.3 percent accuracy for placing 3,271 implants in 635 cases in 14 international medical centers.

Dr. Moazzaz places the utmost importance on the success of his surgeries. “I take the outcomes of my patients’ surgeries personally and I am not satisfied until I know they are happy and doing well,” he said.

People today are busier than ever, and the thought of being out of commission for any length of time has forced many to live in severe pain rather than elect to have surgery.

Mazor Robotics changes by drastically reducing recovery time. “My patients are up and walking the day of their surgery and are leaving the hospital quicker,” Dr. Moazzaz said. “This technology has dramatically improved our outcomes as compared to more traditional spinal surgery techniques.”

Dr. Moazzaz and Dr. Alleyne invite anyone who is suffering from any back pain — whether it is moderate or severe — to a free upcoming workshop.

The two-hour event is a rare opportunity for the community to spend time with these renowned national experts in robotic spine surgery and get information and ask questions to determine whether robotic spine surgery is the best option for them.

The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. June 22 at the Encinitas Community Center, at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. To RSVP, call Heather at (951) 440-1681.

For more information about Mazor Robotics at Tri-City Medical Center, visit


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