While the use of biologics in spine surgery is still emerging, more spine surgeons are gaining exposure to the field as new clinical trials and noninvasive treatments are born.
Choll Kim, MD, PhD, is a spine surgeon at Spine Institute of San Diego. He is the founder and past-president of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and founder of the Minimally Invasive Spine Centers of Excellence.
With expertise in minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Kim shared his thoughts on the use of biologics in spine surgery.
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Question: What is the biggest trend you see in the use of biologics and regenerative medicine in spine surgery?
Dr. Choll Kim: The use of biologics and regenerative medicine in spine surgery remains elusive yet holds great promise. We already know from our experience with products, such as bone morphogenetic protein, that biologic modulation can be powerful. As we gain clearer insights into other important processes, such as wound healing, epidural scar formation, bone regeneration and eventually disc regeneration, we will be able to focus treatments earlier in the ...