CC mobile platform helps spine patients stay on track through their entire surgical journey

MMS mobile platform helps spine patients stay on track through their entire surgical journey

Duke Neurosurgery

Sarah E Hodges, BA; Luis A Antezana, BS; Shervin Rahimpour, MD; Abena A Ansah-Yeboah, BS; Rajeev Dharmapurikar, MS; Peter M Grossi, MD; Isaac O Karikari, MD; Oren N Gottfried, MD; Muhammad M Abd-El-Barr, MD, PhD; Michael M Haglund, MD, PhD; Shivanand P Lad, MD, PhD

Key Results


Found MMS Helpful in Preparing for Surgery


Found MMS Helpful During Recovery


Would Recommend MMS to Family & Friends


  • Novel technologies to support real-time patient education, engagement, and scalable outcomes collection for surgical procedures are needed.

  • The Manage My Surgery (MMS) software platform’s modules offer the patients undergoing spine surgery a mobile, patient-centered engagement tool for delivering pre-, peri-, and post-operative information and communication, providing timely prompts and task reminders, and collecting patient-reported outcomes.


  • To assess the utility and efficacy of a mobile software platform for patient engagement and collection of patient-reported outcomes data.

  • To evaluate patient experience using MMS to assess the potential of the MMS platform to collect meaningful and robust outcomes in a scalable manner.

  • To determine the promise of the MMS platform in helping patients navigate their surgical journeys throughout the pre-, peri-, and post-operative surgical periods.


  • Prospectively-collected data using the MMS software platform in patients undergoing common spine surgeries was retrospectively reviewed.

  • Surgeries included were anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), spinal fusion, and lumbar discectomy.

  • Patients provided outcomes via surveys administered through a commercially available smartphone application (MMS) for communication of pre-, peri-, and post-procedure reminders, tasks, and outcomes.


  • In total, 37 patients (16 ACDF, 18 spinal fusion, and 3 lumbar discectomy patients) participated in this study.

  • Patients found various features of the software platform helpful for navigating different aspects of their spine procedure.

  • Overall, 73.0% of patients found MMS helpful in preparing for surgery, 64.9% found MMS helpful during recovery from surgery, and 81.1% of patients would recommend MMS to a friend or family member.

  • By procedure, among ACDF patients, 87.5% of patients found MMS helpful in preparing for their surgery, and 68.8% found MMS helpful in recovering from their surgery.

  • For spinal fusion patients, 55.6% of patients found MMS helpful in preparing for surgery and 55.6% found MMS helpful in recovering after surgery.


  • The MMS platform demonstrates utility during the pre-, peri-, and post-operative period for spine surgery patients, promotes patient engagement, and helps patients stay on track during their procedural journey.

  • Randomized controlled trials with extended follow-up are in progress and are needed in order to further evaluate the utility of MMS in patients undergoing spine surgery.