Dr. Steven Nichols describes which spine device has the biggest impact on his practice

Written by Alan Condon | June 28, 2019 | Print  |

Steven Nichols, MD, founding partner of Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Ala., is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of spinal disorders. 

Dr. Nichols outlines what spine device has had the most significant impact on his practice.

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Question: What technology are you most excited about in orthopedic surgery now? Is there anything you see as particularly innovative?

Dr. Steven Nichols: An innovation that has had a positive impact on my practice is the Mazor Robotic spine system for placement of pedicle screws. My experience goes back to the initial Steffee stainless steel "bone screw" for pedicle fixation, so I was very skeptical that the Mazor System would improve my efficiency. I have to say the system is more efficient, more accurate, less physically demanding and with only a fraction of the radiation associated with manual placement. If you are fortunate enough to have your hospital purchase this unit, I am confident you have a similar, positive experience.

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