Dr. McGrath Performs First Endoscopic Spine Surgery in Tanzania

Last month, endoscopic spine surgery pioneer Dr. Lynn McGrath spent a week with Dr. Roger Hartl's Tanzania Neurosurgery Project, training local surgeons on the techniques. He led classroom sessions first, followed by hands-on training with high-tech spine models, then took the staff into the OR to perform two surgeries. These were the first-ever endoscopic spine procedures performed in Tanzania, and believed to be the first endoscopic spine procedures performed anywhere in sub-Saharan Africa. As this pilot program develops, spine patients in Africa will be able to have surgery with recovery times, reduced risk of infection or other complications, and faster discharge to home. Find out more about the endoscopic spine firsts in Tanzania here, and see the slide show below for Dr. McGrath and local staff in action.

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