cybersecurity and biomedical technology research for healthcare
Saturday, August 12 at 11:40 AM
Colin Haines, MD
Technology in spine surgery:
The good and the bad
Spine surgery has advanced tremendously over the last few decades. More recently, with the advent of newer technology, spine surgery is more effect and safe now than in prior years. However, advancements are not without inherent risks. A certain amount of technology has always been needed to perform surgery, such as anesthesia or simple X-ray. However, with the advent of intraoperative CT scans, spinal robotics, and augmented reality, there has been a higher reliance on technology than ever before.
All technology has potential failure points and if not recognized in the surgical arena, it has the
potential to be life threatening. Future goals in spine surgery will be to improve clinical safety, minimize
invasiveness, foster continued advancements, and to minimize breeches that threaten individual health
as well as protecting personal health information.
Dr. Haines utilizes modern technology to provide safer and more effective treatment options to restore the quality of life for individuals suffering from neck and back conditions. Leading the nation in the most minimally invasive surgeries, he prides himself on the ability to customize treatments to meet each patient’s unique anatomy and goals. Most recently, Dr. Haines performed the world’s first combined endoscopic and robot-guided spine surgery.
As the Director of Research at Virginia Spine Institute, Dr. Haines actively facilitates national research studies to advance effective treatment options for his patients.