4 Qs with Dr. Robert Jackson on the future of spine innovation

Written by Laura Dyrda | February 24, 2019 | Print  |

Robert Jackson, MD, of Orange County Neurosurgical Associates in Laguna Hills, Calif., examines the big challenges and opportunities in the spine device field.

Question: What emerging technology or technique do you think will have the biggest impact on the spine field five years from now?

Dr. Robert Jackson: Image guidance surgery will continue to facilitate both simple and complex surgery. Motion-preserving technology usage will increase as current studies continue to demonstrate superiority over fusion.

Q: What do you think will fade or disappear from the spine field over the next few years?

RJ: Narcotic consumption will decrease over the next five years as practitioners and public become more aware of the dangers.

Q: Where do you see the biggest room for innovation in spine?

RJ: Robotic-assisted surgery will improve and potentially will allow for less invasive, more precise decompression surgery and stabilization surgery.

Q: What do you need to provide better care that doesn't currently exist?

RJ: Better public and patient education with regard to lifestyle modification, fitness, accountability, surgical expectations and outcomes.

To participate in future Becker's Q&As, contact Laura Dyrda at ldyrda@beckershealthcare.com

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