Improving Spine Surgical Care With Real-Time Objective Patient Tracking Using the Apple Watch

  • End date
    May 31, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Stanford University
Updated on 12 June 2021
spine surgery


One of the primary goals of spine surgery is to reduce pain and increase mobility to improve patients' quality of life. Currently, there is no established method for surgeons to objectively track their patients' mobilization postoperatively. This study is the first prospective trial utilizing the Apple Watch to objectively track patients before and after elective spine surgery. The investigators hypothesize that the ability of patients to track their own activity and discuss with their surgeon objective mobilization goals will not only help patients achieve empowerment in their own care but also improve their overall satisfaction and self-reported outcomes after spine surgery.

Condition Spinal Stenosis, Spine Fusion, Surgery, surgeries, surgical procedure, Surgical aspects, spinal diseases, Spine Degeneration, surgical procedures, spine disorder, spine disorders, spinal disease, Spondylopathy, surgical treatment
Treatment Apple Watch and App
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04379921
SponsorStanford University
Last Modified on12 June 2021


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Undergoing elective spine surgery by attending physicians at Stanford University
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Patients with spine trauma, tumors, or infection
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