Minimally Invasive Complex Spine: Big Trends and Concepts


At the 20th Annual Spine, Orthopedic + Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference, a keynote panel was held to discuss the big trends and concepts of Minimally Invasive Complex Spine. 

The panelists included Ronjon Paul, MD, Spine Surgeon and Chair of the Spine Surgery Department at Duly Health and Care; Justin Paul, MD, PhD, Spine Surgeon with OrthoConnecticut; Theresa Pazionis, MD, Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Temple University and Spine Surgeon at Temple Health; and Ali Mesiwala, MD, Spine Surgeon with DISC Sports and Spine Center. The panel was moderated by Molly Gamble, Vice President of Editorial at Becker's Healthcare.

Key Takeaways:

  1. The proceduralization of minimally invasive spine surgery is the greatest advancement or innovation that has made it easier to plan and execute procedures, especially in the ASC environment.
  1. Advancements in technology such as robotics, navigation, augmented reality and AI have made MIS for complex cases much more feasible and better, but the economics of incorporating these technologies into the ASC setting is a challenge that must be taken into consideration.
  1. Predictive analytics, radiomics and AI are enabling more tailored outcomes to patients, and patients expect to be able to return to work quickly and have minimal postoperative burden, which is possible with minimally invasive techniques.
  1. Patient selection is important when it comes to learning curves and opportunities for further advancement in spine surgery. It is important to understand your patient's expectations and needs in order to provide the best surgical outcomes.

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