Two spine surgeons, Brian R. Gantwerker, MD, and Issada Thongtrangan, MD, discuss their hopes for the next five years of their career.
Ask Spine Surgeons is a weekly series of questions posed to spine surgeons around the country about clinical, business and policy issues affecting spine care. We invite all spine surgeon and specialist responses.
Next week’s question: What is the next major regulatory change you would like to see in the spine field?
Question: What is your professional five-year plan?
Issada Thongtrangan, MD. Orthopedic Spine and Neurosurgeon at Minimally Invasive Spine (Phoenix): I would like to see my practice shifting more toward truly minimally invasive spine surgery utilizing endoscopic techniques, navigation techniques and virtual reality or even artificial intelligence, as data have shown excellent patient outcomes.