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Doctor at Rush performs Mississippi's first spine surgery with patient specific spinal implant

(The following press release and photo were submitted to Twin States New from Rush Health Systems.)

Meridian, MS - Edward Smith, MD, an orthopaedic spine surgeon with Rush Health Systems, performed Mississippi’s first spinal surgery using a patient-specific spinal rod implant. Dr. Smith partnered with MEDICREA® USA, a company that is pioneering the transformation of spinal surgery through Artificial Intelligence, predictive modelling, and patient-specific implants with its UNiD® ASI (Adaptive Spine Intelligence) proprietary software platform, services and technologies.

In partnership with MEDICREA® and their UNiD® ASI technology, Dr. Smith worked hand-in-hand with biomedical engineers to optimize his surgical planning and design the patient-specific spinal rods. The Artificial Intelligence and predictive models embedded within the platform allowed him to visualize what the patient would look like post-operatively. The customized implants were then manufactured and delivered before the surgery.

“UNiD® ASI is allowing surgeons to precisely plan and execute spinal surgeries,” said Dr. Edward Smith. “Planning with the help of Artificial Intelligence and then having rods perfectly designed and manufactured for each patient is the future of spine surgery. Overall, this technology helps surgeons make more informed decisions and deliver precise intra-operative executions to improve patient outcomes while streamlining steps in the operating room.”

The process does not stop after the surgery, however. Through MEDICREA®’s UNiD® HUB platform, surgeons have interactive access to their patient’s analytics and 3D analysis of medical images. With this technology, surgeons are more informed about the outcomes and have the ability to follow their patient’s post-operative results long-term.

Dr. Edward Smith treats degenerative disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, spine trauma and deformity. Following his medical degree and residency at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, he completed his fellowship in orthopedic spine surgery at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith, call 601-703-4535.

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