5 outpatient spine milestones

Surgeons and ASCs in Oregon, California, North Carolina, Washington and Louisiana reached spine surgery milestones since March 1.

1. Northbank Surgical Center, a Surgical Care Affiliates' center in Salem, Ore., performed its first spine surgery using the StealthStation S8 navigation system, SCA said April 5. 

2. Todd Lanman, MD, founder of Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Advanced Disc Replacement Spinal Restoration Center, became the first spine surgeon in the U.S. to reverse a patient's lumbar spinal fusion and return them to full motion by implanting an artificial disc, according to a March 25 news release.

The procedure had previously been used only to reverse spinal fusions in the cervical spine.

3. Lars Gardner, DO, recently completed North Carolina's first outpatient minimally invasive robotic spine fusion. Dr. Gardner performed the procedure at the Raleigh (N.C.) Neurosurgical and Spine Surgery Center using Globus Medical's ExcelsiusGPS. 

4. Richard Wohns, MD, founder and medical director of Puyallup, Wash.-based NeoSpine, has performed 100 pedicle screw procedures with the Globus ExcelsiusGPS robot. Most of the procedures have been performed on an outpatient basis with no overnight stay, according to an email shared with Becker's.

5. Metairie, La.-based Crescent View Surgery Center is the first facility in the greater New Orleans area to use the Aurora Zip lumbar fusion device. The procedure was performed by Suneil "Neil" Jolly, MD, and Sebastian Koga, MD.

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