Review highlights UCI Health orthopaedic surgeons

October 08, 2013

UCI Health orthopaedic surgeons Samuel Bederman, MD, PhD; Nitin N. Bhatia, MD; and Douglas Kiester, MD, PhD; were selected by Becker's Spine Review for inclusion on its list of “49 Spine Surgeons Using Robotic Technology.”

Many of the spine surgeons and specialists on this list were among the first surgeons in their area to adopt robotic guidance and technology into their procedures. Some have participated in the ongoing efforts to develop and refine the robotic technology and continue to provide feedback for next-generation software and equipment.

 In 2011, Drs. Bederman and Bhatia performed the first robot-assisted spine surgery on the West Coast.

They used a robotics system called SpineAssist to increase the precision of spinal implant placement in a Los Angeles woman who had undergone two previous operations, including a spinal fusion in 2007 to treat a degenerative disk. The patient had developed another herniated disk in her lower back that caused pain and sciatica. The goal of the SpineAssist procedure – a spinal fusion performed with screws and grafts – was to alleviate her discomfort and stabilize the spine. 

Members of Becker's list were selected based on editorial research. Physicians do not pay and cannot pay to appear on this list. Becker's Spine Review is a Chicago-based online and print publication focused on news and analysis of the business and legal issues related to spine surgeons and practices.

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