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

Written by Mackenzie Garrity | December 15, 2017 | Print  |

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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