Why Augmented Reality is the Future of Spine

Dr. Ehsan Jazini, a spine surgeon at the Virginia Spine Institute gave us insight into his work and research with us in the study of Augmented Reality and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS). The National Spine Health Foundation prioritizes research because we play a role in proving there are options for patients in a spectrum of treatments to find solutions for pain. In this interview with Dr Jazini, we talk about two of our current, partnered research studies.

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If you are interested in learning more about the research we do here, you can check out our research projects page to see the many studies that are in process. In partnership with our patient advocacy and education programs, research plays an extremely vital role in developing new treatments and faster recovery methods for back and neck patients.

Augmented Reality

With augmented reality, we are looking prospectively at clinical and patient reported outcomes in new technology. We take a retrospective analysis of specific measures and configure what needs revision and enhancement. Augmented reality in spine health is becoming more and more important as technology expands.

Dr. Jazini’s work in this space is unmatched. In this interview, he speaks about how it it enables surgeons to be more precise. Augmented Reality is a minimally invasive type of surgery and Dr. Jazini has seen incredible results in patients he has worked with.

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Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

Through extensive research and development of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), Dr. Jazini has proven national protocol that aids in faster patient recovery, leading to shorter hospital stays and minimizes the need for painkillers.

This work has shown a reduction in the length of hospital stays, narcotic usage, earlier ambulation, and earlier restoration of bladder and bowel function.

Dr. Jazini’s Experience

Dr. Jazini utilizes his training in both spinal neurosurgery and orthopedic spinal surgery, paired with his extensive experience in the hospital, university, and private practice settings, to improve the lives of individuals suffering from neck and back conditions. He is at the forefront of improving the spine surgery recovery process for patients.

He has also served as an assistant professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and actively presents his research nationally and internationally.

If you liked this interview, check out our interview with Dr. Thomas Schuler, founder of VSI and Chairman of our Medical and Scientific Board — and many more on our YouTube channel.