Department of Neurosurgery, University of Florida
Title: Minimally Invasive Procedures, Perioperative Telemedicine, and Decreased Hospital Stays Following Covid-19 Surgical Restrictions: Spinal Surgery
Brandon Lucke-Wold was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Neuroscience and distinction in honors from Baylor University. He completed his MD/PhD, Master’s in Clinical and Translational Research, and the Global Health Track at West Virginia University School of Medicine. His research focus was on traumatic brain injury, neurosurgical simulation, and stroke. At West Virginia University, he also served as a health coach for the Diabetes Prevention and Management program in Morgantown and Charleston, WV, which significantly improved health outcomes for participants. In addition to his research and public health projects, he is a co-founder of the biotechnology company Wright-Wold Scientific, the pharmaceutical company CTE cure, and was a science advocate on Capitol Hill through the Washington Fellow’s program.
The 2019 severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 pandemic had devastating impacts on healthcare system operations. Disruption of this delicate system led to international healthcare challenges with new policy changes that affected all specialties, including the global spine surgery community. The pandemic disrupted normal spine surgery proceedings, restricting, and postponing elective procedures, which comprise a large proportion of spine surgeries. This disruption may have contributed to significant economic losses for providers and resulted in the prolonged impairment of patients who were forced to postpone their procedures. However, response to the pandemic precipitated new procedural guidelines and practices that prioritize health outcomes and satisfaction. These new changes and innovations are positioned to provide lasting economic and procedural impacts in favor of both providers and patients. Thus, the objective of our review is to explore how spinal surgical practices and post-op recovery changed following COVID-19 and highlight some lasting impacts the pandemic created for future patients.