Dr. Lane Spero on robotics, independence & instrumentation in spine

Angie Stewart -   Print  |

Lane D. Spero, MD, chose to become an orthopedic and spine specialist because of the personal challenge and reward for patients, he said in an interview with Dexur.

Dr. Spero practices with Litchfield Orthopedic Associates in Torrington, Conn. Here are five key points he made in the interview:

1. On performing robotic-assisted procedures: "I offer minimally invasive robotic-assisted cervical and lumbar procedures using the Globus Medical and Stealth Navigation systems. Using the Globus Medical system, I am able to offer minimally invasive and open orthopedic and neurological surgeries for patients suffering from chronic conditions and acute injuries of the cervical and lumbar spine."

2. On proper instrumentation: "The hospital or surgical center needs to understand that the instruments needed to perform the surgeries are very important in being up to date."

3. On managing potential postoperative complications: "Less than 10 percent of my patients go to nursing homes or rehab facilities. I prefer outpatient physical therapy very early after surgery."

4. On independent practice versus hospital employment: "By being independent, I am able to determine freely the best facility and procedure for every patient."

5. On the future of spine surgery and advice for peers: "Don't get caught up in the hype of new technology too early, and adopt new procedures and technology after it's true and tested."

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