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BASS 2019: Robotics will transform “state-of-the-art” in spine surgery

Nicholas Theodore (Baltimore, USA) talks to Spinal News International about the benefits of robotics technology in spinal surgery including reducing radiation exposure to surgeons, improving accuracy and precision and ultimately allowing patients to get better faster. Theodore looks at the possible future uses of robotics technology including more soft tissue and bone work. He also addresses concerns over the expense of such technology and looks at how more facile millennials are able to pick up new technologies faster.

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Dr. Nicholas Theodore is director of the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgical Spine Center and is a nationally recognised expert in brain and spinal cord injury, minimally invasive spine surgeries and robotics. He earned a medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed both a residency in neurosurgery and a fellowship in spinal surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute.

As an award-winning teacher and researcher, Dr. Theodore has written or co-authored 30 book chapters, over 180 peer-reviewed journal articles and is co-holder of 10 patents for medical devices and procedures. His research focuses on trauma, spinal cord injuries, robotics and developing an understanding of the genetic and molecular basis of spinal diseases.

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