The Complexities of Spinal Surgery with Dr. Ardavan Aslie

Do you have a negative view of spinal surgery? Dr. Ardavan Aslie is a Board Certified, Harvard University Fellow Spine Surgeon. During his first three years of practice, Dr. Aslie became aware of a significant challenge confronting patients who underwent spinal surgery. Solving this problem became Dr. Aslie's main priority and finally, after years of research and study, Dr. Aslie developed the laminar plating system. It was a pleasure to talk with Dr. Aslie, and I learned a ton about the evolution of spinal surgery and the challenges he faces in his field.


What you'll hear in this episode:


  • The current standard of care in spinal surgery (3:05)
  • Pedicle screws, what they are, and the controversy surrounding them (12:05)
  • The problem surrounding pedicle screws that occurs as recipients of the surgery age (17:39)
  • The faulty studies and a whistleblower (26:15)
  • Why spinal surgery is so different from other orthopedic surgery because of gravity (31:37)
  • How the faulty, unethical report condoning the use of pedicle screws changed the entire course of spinal surgery (36:27)
  • Fellow surgeons and their reactions to Dr. Aslie's ideas (38:09)
  • Financial incentives for using the pedicle screw (40:09)
  • Why it's so challenging to cease using the pedicle screw (49:31)
  • What it would take to change course and use something other than the pedicle screw in spinal surgery (52:52)
  • The challenge Dr. Aslie is facing when it comes to challenging the efficacy of the pedicle screw (58:47)
  • Why he decided to write his book and why it's such an important read (1:00:09)
  • The device he has developed to use in place of the pedicle screw (1:09:22)
  • The implications of his books and device (1:12:19)


Where to learn more about Dr. Aslie and purchase his book:



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Robert Sikes

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