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What is the future of spine surgery?

Dr. Luke Macyszyn, MD
Neurosurgeon
The future of spine surgery rests on doctors’ ability to understand and predict the best procedure for each person. This type of understanding can only be gleaned from analyzing large volumes of spine surgeries and associated outcomes. In the future, doctors hope to have computer programs that can look at your MRI scans and predict the success of any given spine operation. Such a tool will enable surgeons to create a personalized treatment plan that maximizes your long-term benefits.

The future of spine surgery lies in using stem cells and other growth factors to help stimulate and repair damaged discs and arthritic joints and to help bone growth for fusion. With this new wave of advances, spine surgeries will become less invasive and more non-fusion alternatives will be available.

Dr. Andrew C. Hecht, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Less invasive surgery, disc replacement surgery, using growth factors to help grow bones —these are all elements of spine surgery in the future, says Andy Hecht, MD, co-director of Spine Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

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