Becker’s Spine Review is a publication for orthopedic and spine surgeons and surgery center administrators. Each week, Becker’s releases additions to their Ask Spine Surgeons series, and earlier this month, spine surgeons were asked to share what they recommend for spine surgery to the younger generation of surgeons. Check out Dr. Richard Kube’s response, below!
Question: Would you recommend spine surgery to the younger generation of surgeons? Why or why not?
Richard Kube, MD. Founder and CEO of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute (Peoria, Ill.): I think spine is still a very good field. It doesn’t have the absolute explosion of technologies as was seen in the late 2000s, but that was not sustainable. Now many of those technologies have been vetted and we have second-generation discs, etc. There are still innovative changes occurring, and the same intellectual challenges remain. I think the wide variety of treatment options as well as expansion into the ambulatory setting helps make spine a little more similar to the other orthopedic specialties. Spine is no longer synonymous with and seemingly exclusive to eight-hour cases and huge incisions with long hospital stays — translation, arduous life style is not required.