Mesfin Lemma, MD, is the first person in the world to perform minimally invasive spine surgery with the Excelsius3D 3-in-1 Intelligent Imaging System.

Mesfin Lemma, MD, of MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, recently became the world’s first spine surgeon to perform minimally invasive spine surgery using the Excelsius3D 3-in-1 intelligent imaging system. Because it displays real-time 3D video and can perform the surgery more precisely and minimally invasively.

By combining cone-beam CT, fluoroscopy, and digital radiography into a single unit, the need for multiple imaging devices is eliminated. This can save time during the procedure, which means our patients will spend less time under anesthesia.

About Dr. Lemma

Dr. Lemma is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in the surgical treatment of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine disorders. He sees patients in Bel Air, Rosedale / White Marsh, and in Baltimore at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. He currently serves as division chief of spine surgery as well as director of minimally invasive spine surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

Pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery seemed a natural fit to Dr. Lemma’s background as a mechanical engineer. After completing his residency and fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, he served as division chief of Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital, prior to transitioning to MedStar Orthopaedic Institute in 2014.

Dr. Lemma’s areas of intellectual interest and clinical expertise center around minimally invasive spine surgery. Using tubular retractors in lieu of traditional open surgery, state-of-the-art technologies, and computer-assisted navigation allows Dr. Lemma to deliver to his patients the best solutions with the least amount of invasion. A large portion of his practice also focuses on spinal problems in the elderly, rheumatoid arthritis of the spine, spinal deformity, and revision spinal surgery.

Source: MedStar Health

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