4 trends spine surgeons can expect – Dr. Harel Deutsch on the industry's direction


The introduction of robotics in spine surgery continues to dominate the market and many device companies are beginning to develop new robotic systems.

Harel Deustch, MD, of Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center highlights some key trends spine surgeons can expect in the future.


Dr. Deustch will be speaking at the Becker's 16th Annual Future of Spine + The Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference. To learn more and register, click here.


Question: What are trends taking over the spine and pain management industries?


Dr. Harel Deutsch: Here are four trends:


• Outpatient spine surgery as new Medicare codes allow for many patients to be eligible for outpatient spine surgery in surgery centers

• Hybrid spine surgeries such as coflex that can be done in outpatient settings

• Spinal cord stimulation

• Hospitals, health systems and physicians can also form partnerships with surgical centers and other surgeons to stay current on trends and technologies.


Q: What is the next new idea you foresee in the spine industry?


HD: Robotic surgery. Several companies such as Medtronic and Globus Medical already have devices developed.


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