ASC Leader to Know: Dr. Richard Kube of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute

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Richard Kube, MD, is the CEO, founder and owner of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute in Peoria, Ill., which focuses on the treatment of spinal disorders, research and education. He is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon who performs minimally invasive, motion-preserving surgical techniques, including sacroiliac joint surgery.

Dr. Kube earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and currently serves as a faculty member at the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Peoria. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Kube is a member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Spine Arthroplasty Society, North American Spine Society and AO North America.

At the 10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago this June, Dr. Kube discussed sacroiliac joint treatments and how to make the service successful in the ASC space. According to Dr. Kube, more minimally invasive solutions for SI joint treatment are being developed, and the procedure will become a significant part of surgery practices. "SI fusion is a hot topic right now," he said. "There is a real population of folks out there with 'failed back syndrome,' with an original misdiagnosis of SI joint problems." The procedure will become increasingly popular as patients are correctly diagnosed, he said.

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