IMAST 2019: Navigation and robotics “playing an increasing role in spinal surgery”


President of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), Peter Newton (San Diego, USA), speaks to BLearning at IMAST 2019 (17 –20 July, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) about this year’s annual meeting, which “focused on innovation” and covered the “breadth of spinal surgery, not just spinal deformity surgery”.

As a paediatric specialist, Newton outlines his particular interest in “growth modulation techniques and anterior spinal growth tethering” which has had a lot of “controversy and debate” surrounding it.

Besides tethering, it is “very clear” that navigation and robotics is “playing an increasing role in spine surgery” which was covered widely in the IMAST meeting, notes Newton.


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