5 recent spine surgery milestones


From the first augmented reality surgery in Richmond, Va., to a surgery using a 3D-printed custom implant, here are five spine surgery milestones Becker's has reported on since March 1:

1. Anup Gangavalli, MD, of OrthoVirginia, completed the first augmented reality spine surgery in Richmond, Va.

2. Don Stovall, MD, of Summerville, S.C.-based Lowcountry Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, has completed 151 robot-assisted lumbar spine surgeries.

3. Edward DelSole, MD, has performed the first lumbar spinal fusion surgery with a lifetime guarantee at Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Community Medical Center. 

4. Christopher Battista, MD, of Lowcountry Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Summerville, S.C., performed the state's first surgery using a 3D-printed custom implant.

5. Chad Campion, MD, was the first surgeon to use the 7D Flash navigation system in combination with the Firebird spinal fixation system.

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