Evolving the backbone of spine surgery

Programs that Save Lives

Back pain affects 75 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. Around the globe, back pain is the leading cause of disability.

Diagnosis is difficult because the specific cause of the pain can be hard to isolate. Doctors try to manage pain or use physical therapy before turning to surgery. Outcomes are uncertain, recovery from open surgery is lengthy, and sometimes the pain worsens.

The immediate future of spinal surgery is to decrease the invasiveness of surgery and get to the spine through small portals in order to reduce recovery time, medical costs and pain for the patient.

Technology – robotics, neuronavigation and artificial intelligence – holds the promise of improving spinal surgery, and Barrow is already leading this effort. The latest, most advanced robotic system for performing spinal fusions, the Globus Medical Excelsius GPS, was conceived and designed by Barrow doctors.

Your support will help Barrow experts in the Spine Program continue to research and advocate for minimally invasive spine surgery techniques for patients suffering from pain.

Researchers create new technology to help people with spine disorders

Barrow scientists pioneering disc and spinal regeneration research will be able to:

  • Develop robotic devices
  • Improve diagnostic systems
  • Produce novel surgical tools
  • And create new procedures to effectively and safely treat spine disorders.

Doctors understand better than a manufacturing company the real challenges they and their patients face, making them best equipped to develop the devices of the future.

Barrow scientists are innovators

Barrow fearlessly takes on the challenge of being an industry innovator. “We take a lot of these forefront, new technologies, which…we think they’re better, and we use them in an academic way, tracking results and learning for the next step,” says Dr. Juan Uribe, chief of the division of spinal disorders. “We want to be the first ones to validate the emerging technology.”

Dr. Uribe is leading a new mission for the spine program: To challenge the conventional without ignoring fundamentals. Doctors are delivering better outcomes for patients with scoliosis, spinal trauma and spinal tumors utilizing less invasive surgery.

Your support will allow Barrow to discover new and improved methods and technologies for spinal surgery and treat patients more effectively.

A grateful Heather and her surgeon, Dr. Juan Uribe.
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