What is the future of spine surgery?

Kevin Boyer, MD
Learn about the future of spine surgery and technological advances. Watch this video with Kevin Boyer, MD from Blake Medical Center.
Luke Macyszyn, MD
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.
Keolanui G. Chun, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
The future of spine surgery is more focused on outcomes. In this video, Keola Chun, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Riverside Community Hospital, describes how changes include getting good value and doing the right thing for patients.
Samuel A. Joseph Jr., MD
Orthopedic Surgery
The future of spine surgery is using more minimally invasive techniques. In this video, Samuel Joseph, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, describes the benefits of new, less invasive techniques, including quicker recoveries.
Hooman M. Melamed, MD

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.

Andrew C. Hecht, MD
Orthopedic Surgery

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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