Dr. Michael Gallizzi completes his 200th robotic spine surgery


Spine surgeon Michael Gallizzi, MD, completed his 200th robotic case on April 4, according to The Steadman Clinic.

More than 100 of those cases were performed since Dr. Gallizzi joined the Vail, Colo.-based practice, according to an April 6 news release. His 100th robotic spine case was completed just under a year ago on April 19, 2022.

Dr. Gallizzi said in the release that preoperative planning features have been a key component in spine robot growth.

"Being able to preoperatively plan all the different aspects of the surgery, line up the screws or implant them exactly where they need to be is an advantage when you use the robotic tool. So it all becomes a homologous construct for the patient," he said. "Without robotics, this would be extremely difficult even in the best hands, but with robotics it has become something that is more reliable and reproducible to allow patients that have had previous surgeries to have improved outcomes."

Dr. Gallizzi's milestone comes shortly after he announced he became the first spine surgeon in the Colorado Rockies region to incorporate three major endoscopic spine techniques in his practice.

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