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Advances an orthopedic surgeon hopes to see in the new year

January 08, 2024

IN THE NEWS: As the calendar turns over to a new year, it is common to reflect and build a wish list for what we would like to see going forward. Physicians are no different.

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Dr. Hao-Hua Wu, an orthopedic surgeon at UCI Health, spoke with Becker’s Spine Review about how he would like to see the orthopedic industry evolve in the new year.

“In 2024, I would like the orthopedic spine industry to continually push the advancements in minimally invasive surgical techniques, improved imaging technologies for surgical planning and navigation, personalized medicine based on individual patient characteristics, integration of data analytics and artificial intelligence for enhanced decision-making, the expansion of telemedicine and remote monitoring solutions, innovative patient education and engagement tools, and continued collaboration with professionals from diverse disciplines.

“These trends would optimize patient outcomes, improve surgical precision, and contribute to a more patient-centered and holistic approach to spine care.”

Wu is a fellowship-trained UCI Health orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the management of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine disorders. He is able to perform a range of open and minimally invasive spine procedures, such as cervical laminoplasty, motion-sparing cervical disc replacement, tubular decompression for disc herniations, and robotic surgery.

His current research focuses on patient-reported outcome measures in spine surgery, global health, leadership and medical education. Wu has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in preeminent orthopedic journals including Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Spine Deformity.

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