Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Randall Dryer of Central Texas Spine Institute

Laura Dyrda -  
Randall Dryer, MD, of Central Texas Spine Institute, in Austin, Texas is a leading spine surgeon who regularly performs outpatient spine surgery at Northwest Hills Surgical Hospital, a Surgical Care Affiliates facility. He stands at the cutting edge of research in his field and he was recently part of a group that studied multi-level cervical disc replacement in an ASC setting, which he presented at this year's North American Spine Society annual meeting.

Dr. Randall Dryer of Central Texas Spine Institute"The NASS meeting allows leading spine surgeons and interventional specialists to report new data concerning a multitude of spinal technologies.  Many of these advances are designed to shorten recovery times, reduce costs and improve outcomes which are all great benefits to our patients," says Dr. Dryer. "The purpose of spine surgery is to relieve pain and restore function.  If we can achieve these goals while making our procedures less invasive, then that’s when the patient really wins."

In addition to Dr. Dryer’s research with the Medtronic Prestige cervical disc his practice is also pivotal in studies to evaluate spinal joint/facet replacement for lumbar spinal stenosis as well as lumbar disc replacement. Dr. Dryer is also using adult stem cells harvested from a patient's body during select spine procedures to aid in tissue regeneration.

"The potential of regenerative medicine is becoming a reality and patients will ultimately benefit from our research," said Dr. Dryer in a practice news release. "Patients should fully explore their options when electing for spine surgery. Many of the advances we study at Central Texas Spine Institute significantly change the outcomes for our patients."

Dr. Dryer is a fellow with the American College of Surgeons, a member of the North American Spine Society and the Cervical Spine Research Society and past president of the Texas Spine Society. He participates in FDA-approved clinical trials and has a professional interest in the cervical and lumbar spine.

Before joining the Central Texas Spine Institute, Dr. Dryer served as chief of orthopedic surgery at Wilford Hall, Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Dr. Dryer earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa Medical School in Iowa City and completed a fellowship in spine surgery at New Addenbrooks Hospital in Cambridge, England.

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