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The most pressing challenges in MIS spine surgery today

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  • Written By: Anuja Vaidya

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Five spine surgeons weigh in on the challenges facing MIS spine practitioners.

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 surgeons and specialist responses.

Next week's question: What are the most important non-clinical lessons you learned during your career?

Please send responses to Anuja Vaidya at by Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. CST.

Questions: What are the biggest challenges to MIS spine care today?

Michael Gordon, MD. Spine Surgeon at Hoag Orthopedic Institute (Irvine, Calif.): Becoming overwhelmed by the promise of MIS in the face of the realities of the spinal pathology being treated. We must not over-promise and under deliver, and we must remember proper patient selection is paramount.

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