Dr. Kim discusses the future possibilities for minimally invasive spine surgeries.
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The future of minimally invasive spine surgery really is at some point we won’t have a term called “minimally invasive spine surgery.” We’ll just call it spine surgery, and it will be like knee arthroscopy or gall bladder surgery whereas once we used to do the surgeries open, today if you had a knee surgery with a big open incision instead of an arthroscopy where we use the cameras and the small portals, or a gall bladder surgery where it’s open instead of using an endoscope, that will be very strange. And I think over the next few years as more and more surgeons learn the techniques of minimally invasive surgery, just about everybody will do certain operations in this way, and we won’t have to distinguish between open surgery and minimally invasive surgery. It will just be this type of spine surgery. So I think the future is one where it’s going to mimic and mirror the evolution of many things in life, many different types of operations–knee operations that went from open incisions to endoscopes, gall bladder surgeries that went from incisions through a little poke hole in the belly button, even shoulder surgery where we used to make big open incisions and we make three little openings; same thing will happen with spine surgery, and I think that’s just, it’s an evolution that will occur in and of itself.

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