Motion-preserving technology will remain integral in spine surgery, according to Bobby Bhatti, MD.
Dr. Bhatti, founder and president of Atlanta Spine, discussed these technologies on the "Becker's Healthcare Spine and Orthopedic Podcast."
This is an excerpt. Listen to the full episode here.
Question: What are you really excited about in terms of technology and platforms?
Dr. Bobby Bhatti: If you asked me the same question five or 10 years ago, I would've told you expandable cages and all those good things. Motion-sparing devices I think are going to make a comeback. The ability for us to not completely decorticate and remove the facets and destabilize spine and continue motion sparing at certain levels even in the octogenarians is very important. We've come a long way in the last 10 years with that. For me, there's still a lot of my patients that have sagittal balance and, you know, deformity issues that I want to correct, and that's where these patients end up going to the hospital. But we're still able to do those surgeries minimally invasively. Those are things I'm excited about.
Even with the expandable technology, we are so used to sort of putting the cage in and still creating endplate damage and expanding the cage and then having subsidence still happen. So I think we're still fighting the same battles, to be honest. I think our technology's gotten better.
Giving people a realistic expectation with the right technology, I think is very important to what we do. I'm still barking up the same tree. It's still the motion-sparing devices and still the expandable technology. That's gonna make things a lot easier for us to deliver really good spine care to our patients.