From honing minimally invasive surgical skills to establishing an independent spine practice and attracting more patients from abroad, six spine surgeons told Becker’s about their biggest achievements this year.

Question: What professional achievement are you most proud of from 2022?

Todd Lanman, MD. Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery and the Advanced Disc Replacement Spinal Restoration Center (Beverly Hills, Calif.): I’m most proud of my work over the last year in advancing the field of restorative motion surgery in the cervical spine. I have now successfully reversed failed fusions, placed artificial discs and restored spinal motion in a fairly large number of patients. The results have been quite impressive — patients are reporting markedly reduced neck pain and improved range of motion. It’s professionally rewarding to see how happy and grateful my patients are after fusion revision surgery.


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