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Who knows spine surgery better than the people performing the surgeries?

By Admin | June 20, 2016

In their weekly series of questions, Ask Spine Surgeons, Becker’s Spine Review asks about clinical, business and policy issues affecting spine care. This time, they ask about the biggest changes surgeons have witnessed over their careers.

Four surgeons weighed in.

Kern Singh, MD, of Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Chicago, Illinois, spoke of the need to justify cost of devices to both patients and insurance companies.

Richard Kube, MD, Founder, CEO, Prairie Spine & Pain Institute in Peoria, Illinois, talked about the effects of regulation on innovation and how so many procedures today are minimally invasive, which wasn’t the case a decade ago.

Jack Zigler, MD, Medical Director, Texas Back Institute in Plano, Texas, weighed in on the negative effects of the insurance companies getting so involved in the doctor-patient relationship.

And Brian R. Gantwerker, MD, The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, shared his thoughts on the industry shift toward ambulatory surgery and the correction of deformities.

For more information and to check out each doctor’s expanded answers, read “The evolution of spine care: 4 spine surgeons weigh in on the biggest changes in the field” from Becker’s Spine Review.

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