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Eeric Truumees, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center
Austin, TX
Dr. Truumees is a member of the SpineUniverse Editorial Board.

About Eeric Truumees, MD

Dr. Eeric Truumees is a Fellowship trained, Board Certified spine surgeon who practices at Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center in Austin, TX.

Born to a military family in Fort Benning, GA. Dr. Truumees (pronounced, True-Mez) graduated with honors from college and medical school at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. His residency training was undertaken at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Truumees' practice is limited to disorders of the spine. Further, he involved in a number of research projects involving minimally invasive and motion-sparing techniques for spine stabilization and pain relief. He is an active faculty member of the Beaumont residency and fellowship training programs and has published a number of abstracts, scientific papers, and book chapters on various aspects of spine care.

Dr. Truumees has been named one of the top doctors in Detroit by Hour Magazine. He has been appointed to the continuing medical education committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is the co-chairman of the upcoming course in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery offered by that Academy in conjunction with the North American Spine Society.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

 

1. Truumees E, Demetropoulos C, Yang K, Herkowitz H. Effects of Disc Height and Distractive Forces on Graft Compression in an Anterior Cervical Corpectomy Model. In press.

2. Truumees E, Hilibrand AS, Vaccaro AR. Percutaneous Vertebral Augmentation. The Spine Journal, 4(2): 218-229, 2004.

3. Truumees E, Demetropoulos CK, Yang KH, Herkowitz HN. Effects of Disc Height and Distractive Forces on Graft Compression in an Anterior Cervical Discectomy Model. Spine, 2002: 27(22): 2441-2445.

4. Truumees E, Demetropoulos C, Yang K, Herkowitz H. Compression Load of Human Cervical Vertebral Endplates: A Cadaveric Experimental Model. Spine, 28(19): 2204-8, 2003.

5. Truumees E, Demetropoulos C, Yang K, Herkowitz H. Effects of a Cervical Compression Plate on Graft Forces in an Anterior Cervical Discectomy Model. Spine, 28: 2003.

6. Vaccaro AR, Patel T, Fischgrund J, Anderson DG, Truumees E, Herkowitz HN, et al. A pilot safety and efficacy study of OP-1 putty (rhBMP-7) as an adjunct to iliac crest autograft in posterolateral lumbar fusions. Eur Spine J, 2003.

7. Nieves-Rivera F, Kerrigan JR, Krieg RJ, Egan J, Hwang LJ, Truumees E, Veldhuis JD, Evans WS, Rogol, AD, Altered growth Hormone secretion in vivo and in vitro in the diabetes prone BB/Worchester rat. Growth Regul 1993 Dec; 3(4): 235-44.

8. Patel, CK, Truumees E, Herkowitz HN. Radicular Symptoms in a Patient with Previous Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. NASS Case Study of the Month, March 2003.

9. Coric, D, Fischgrund JS, Patel T, Vaccaro AR, Truumees E, Herkowitz HN, et al. Two-year Follow-up on Patients in a Pilot Safety and Efficacy Study of OP-1 (rhBMP-7) in Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion as a Replacement for Iliac Crest Autograft. Neurosurgery, 55(2):477, August 2004.

Chapters

1. Truumees E. Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update, 8th Edition, Vaccaro AR, ed. AAOS, Rosemont, IL 2003.

2. Truumees E. Xia Anterior Spinal System, in Surgical Techniques in Spinal Instrumentation. Kim DH, Vaccaro AR, Fessler RG, eds. Thieme, New York, 2003.

3. Truumees E, Brebach G. Interbody Fusion. Frymoyer's The Adult Spine: Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition, Lippincott, Philadelphia 2003.

4. Truumees E, Brebach G, McLain RF, Lieberman I. Exposures to the Thoracolumbar Spine. Frymoyer's The Adult Spine: Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition, Lippincott, Philadelphia 2003.

5. Truumees E. Cervical Instrumentation. Rothman and Simeone's The Spine, 5th Edition, WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 2004.

6. Truumees E. Traction, Bracing, and Positioning. Cervical Spine Research Society Atlas of Cervical Spine Surgery, 2nd Edition, Lippincott, Philadelphia, 2002.

7. Truumees E. Epidemiology and Overview of Cervical Degenerative Disease. Cervical Spine Research Society Textbook 4th Edition, Chapter 69, Lippincott, Philadelphia, 2002.

8. Truumees E. Pathophysiology Pain and Neural Dysfunction in Cervical Degenerative Disease: Basic Science, Pathophysiology, and Pathoanatomy. Cervical Spine Research Society Textbook 4th Edition, Chapter 70, Lippincott, Philadelphia, 2002.

9. Patel CK, Truumees E, Herkowitz HN. Cervical Corpectomy. Cervical Spine Research Society Textbook 4th Edition, Chapter 70, Lippincott, Philadelphia, 2002.

10. Truumees E. Physical Examination: Signs of Pathology and the Physical Examination, in McLain RF ed, Cancer of the Spine. Handbook of Comprehensive Care, Humana Press, Totowa, New Jersey, 2002.

11. Truumees E, Garfin SR. Patient Selection for Vertebroplasty or Kyphoplasty, in Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty. Resnick DK, Barr JD, and Garfin SR, eds. AANS Publications, Rolling Meadows, IL, 2002.

12. Truumees E. Os Odontoideum, in Emedicine On-line Spine Textbook.

13. Truumees E. Lumbar Pedicle Screw Placement, in Albert TJ, Vaccaro AR eds., Tricks of the Trade of Spine Surgery, Thieme, 2001.

14. Truumees E. Facet Screw Placement, in Albert TJ, Vaccaro AR eds., Tricks of the Trade of Spine Surgery, Thieme, 2001.

15. Truumees E. Sacral Pedicle Screw Placement, in Albert TJ, Vaccaro AR eds., Tricks of the Trade of Spine Surgery, Thieme, 2001.

16. Truumees E, Herkowitz HN. Cervical Laminectomy, in Albert TJ, Vaccaro AR eds., Tricks of The Trade of Spine Surgery, Thieme, 2001.

17. Truumees E, McLain RF, Revision Cervical Spine Surgery, in Chapman M ed., Chapman's Orthopaedic Surgery, Third edition, Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia, 2001.

18. Truumees E, Herkowitz HN, Degenerative Disc Disease, in Chapman M ed, Chapman's Orthopaedic Surgery, Third edition. Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia, 2001.

19. Truumees E, Herkowitz HN, Degenerative Lumbar Scoliosis with Spinal Stenosis, in Albert T, Vaccaro A, eds. Spine Surgery: MasterCases, Thieme Publishers, New York, 2001.

20. Truumees E, Herkowitz HN, Lumbar Degenerative Spondylolisthesis, in Albert T, Vaccaro A, eds. Spine Surgery: MasterCases, Thieme Publishers, New York, 2001.

21. Truumees E, Herkowitz HN, Cervical Spondylotic Radiculopathy and Myelopathy, Instructional Course Lectures, vol 49, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2000.

22. Truumees E, Herkowitz HN, et al. Treatment Options for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, Instructional Course Lectures, vol 50, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2001.

23. Truumees E. Medical Consequences of Vertebral Compression Fractures. Instructional Course Lectures, vol 51, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2002.

24. Truumees E. Soft Tissue Injuries of the Cervical Spine, Vaccaro AR, Betz R, Zeidman S eds. Principles and Practice of Spine Surgery, Saunders, Philadelphia, 2002.

25. Truumees E. Spine Fractures and Dislocations: Patterns, Classifications, Management. Placzek J, Boyce DA eds, Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Secrets. Hanley and Belfus, Philadelphia, 2001.

26. Truumees E, Herkowitz HN. Anterior Cervical Corpectomy. Haher, Merola, eds. Atlas of Spine Surgery. Thieme Publishers, New York, 2000.

Other Publications

1. Truumees E. Point of View. Spine. 28(22):3, November 15, 2003.

2. Knapke DM, Truumees E. Posterior Arm and Deltoid Compartment Syndrome after Vitamin B12 Injection. Orthopaedics, Vol 27, Number 5, pp 1-2, 2004.

3. Bedi A, Truumees E. Tarlov Cysts and Related Meningeal Lesions. Contemporary Spine Surgery, Vol 4, Issue 9, Lippincott, 2003.

4. Truumees E. Stabilization of the Occipitocervical Junction, part I: Anatomy, Indications, and Outcomes, Contemporary Spine Surgery, Vol 4, Issue 3, Lippincott, 2003.

5. Truumees E. Stabilization of the Occipitocervical Junction, part II: Surgical Technique, Contemporary Spine Surgery, Vol 4, Issue 4, Lippincott, 2003.

6. Truumees E. Cervical Corpectomy. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orthopaedic Knowledge Online, 2002.

7. Truumees E. The Role of Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty as parts of a Treatment Strategy for Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fractures. Current Opinion in Orthopaedics, Vol 13, Issue 3, Lippincott, 2002.

Articles Written by Eeric Truumees, MD

Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a rare but serious low back disorder that requires immediate medical attention. Learn about the possible symptoms and why urgent care is essential.

Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Type of Spinal Inflammatory Arthritis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory spinal disease characterized by spinal joint pain and progressive stiffness in the neck and back.

How Do Topical Drugs Reduce Back and Neck Pain?

Many different types of medication with different methods of delivery are available to treat patients with back and neck pain.

5 Harmful Habits for Your Spine

What are you doing right now that's hurting your spine? 5 harmful habits that can lead to back pain: learn what they are in this article so that you can prevent back pain!

Spinal Inflammatory Arthritis

Inflammatory arthritis is different from osteoarthritis, the more common form of joint degeneration. This article provides information about two types of spinal inflammatory arthritis.

Spinal Inflammatory Arthritis Glossary

Glossary of medical terms,related to spinal inflammatory arthritis. Refer to this Glossary to better understand common terms.

Spinal Inflammatory Arthritis and Osteoporosis

Sometimes treatment for rheumatoid arthritis or other spinal inflammatory disorders increases the risk for osteoporosis. Find out what you can do to prevent low bone density.

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: A Type of Spinal Inflammatory Arthritis

The type of juvenile idiopathic arthritis that affects the spine is ankylosing spondylitis. JIA is uncommon and may affect children ages 16 years and younger.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Type of Spinal Inflammatory Arthritis

It is not entirely understood why rheumatoid arthritis usually affects the neck (cervical spine). Information about spinal rheumatoid arthritis and treament is featured.

Spinal Inflammatory Arthritis: Early Diagnosis Important

Early detection of spinal inflammatory arthritis is important to the overall success of the patient's treatment plan.

Spine Surgery and Spinal Inflammatory Arthritis

Uncontrollable pain and spinal deformity are two complications of spinal inflammatory arthritis that may require surgical treatment.

Case Studies Presented by Eeric Truumees, MD

PMMA Extravasation Following Kyphoplasty

Presented by: E. Truumees MD
The patient is a 72-year-old female who underwent kyphoplasty to treat a T12 burst fracture two weeks ago at a different hospital. After the kyphoplasty procedure, her back pain increased and a new symptom of lower extremity weakness, right greater than left developed.

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