Dr. Sucato explains a 3D spine on Facebook live.

Jun 25, 2018 / Scoliosis & Spine

#SRHaccess Facebook LIVE Recap: Innovations in Spine Treatment

In honor of Scoliosis Awareness Month, Chief of Staff Daniel J. Sucato, M.D., M.S., joined us on Facebook live to discuss the latest innovations in spine treatment at Scottish Rite Hospital. Below is a recap of the conversation.

Watch the live segment.

What is the Center for Excellence in Spine?
  • The hospital has six centers: spine, hip, hand, limb lengthening, foot and sports medicine.
  • The Center for Excellence in Spine was the first center developed 15 years ago.
  • The center focuses on bringing together diversity and expertise to the table to answer the questions associated with complex conditions through research and education. 
  • Our specialists are evaluating how the team takes great care of patients and the research helps to continue that in the present and into the future. 
  • Research is huge component, which helps to answer the clinical questions to enhance patient care. 
Who is involved?
  • Physicians – surgeons, anesthesiologists, neurologists, neurophysiology team (spinal cord monitoring during surgery)
  • Researchers with diverse backgrounds– biomechanics engineers, bone biology, genetics
  • Staff from the orthopedic care team: orthotists, physical and occupational therapists
  • This multidisciplinary approach allows the center to have different backgrounds of expertise to analyze and answer the clinical questions. 
Long-term research studies 
  • Team of clinical research coordinators who work directly with the medical staff
  • The purpose of the long-term studies is to collect data from thousands of patients over several years in order to have the ability to look back on data of certain conditions to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. 
  • The ability to have these various registries allows our doctors and researchers to utilize it for many research questions. 
Medical organizations
  • Scoliosis Research Society – international medical association comprised of over 1,500 members 
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) – largest pediatric orthopedic medical organization in the U.S. 
  • Several of the hospital’s spine doctors have had and currently hold leadership positions within these organizations 
  • Annual meetings are held where members gather to present current research. It provides our doctors the opportunity to share their latest research, but also learn from other specialists. 
Resources for spine program
  • EOS machine – creates three-dimensional image of the spine
    • Low radiation
    • Side and back of patient at the same time 
    • All spine patients receive this imaging if old enough
  • 3D printer
    • A 3D model of a patient’s spine is printed based off of a CT (three-dimensional X-ray).
    • This device gives our doctors the ability to study the spine closely and plan for a complex surgery
    • Shows details that can’t be seen on MRI
Learn more about the research in our Center for Excellence in Spine. 

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