Dr. Cho Presents New Research at International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques

At the 25th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques in Los Angeles in July, Woojin Cho, MD, PhD, Chief, Spine, and Director, Multidisciplinary Spine Research Group, presented new research challenging the assumption that obese patients should be recommended to undergo bariatric surgery prior to lumbar fusion surgery. According to Dr. Cho, research findings show that rapid body weight reduction prior to lumbar fusion surgery can be associated with poorer post-operative outcomes.

The Spinal News International reports that Dr. Cho’s research findings show that “post-bariatric macro and micronutrient deficiencies (Protein, Vitamin A, D, B6, B12, Folate, Zinc and Iron) are present in patients, subsequently impacting on wound healing and immune function.” Dr. Cho’s research suggests that “worse post-operative outcomes in weight loss patients may therefore be due to deficiencies in nutrients.”

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