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Susan Spinasanta
Managing Medical Editor, Content Development
SpineUniverse
Cape Coral, FL

About Susan Spinasanta

Susan has 20 years of experience in medical editing and writing.  She is accomplished and knowledgeable in many areas of medicine, fundamental science and technology.

Many of Susan's projects involve collaborating with experts—such as professionals in specific areas of medicine and/or key opinion leaders involved in improving patient lives.  A published author of hundreds of patient and consumer materials, the majority of her work benefits medical professionals.  Susan develops content for physician websites, medical education programs, video presentations, case studies, online resource centers, guidelines for patient care, and other content based projects.

Susan is a member of the North American Spine Society, American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), The Endocrine Society, American Thyroid Association, and The International Publication Planning Association (TIPPA). In addition to these and other educational opportunities, she attends society meetings for medical professionals to broaden her knowledge of current healthcare standards and advances in patient care.

Articles Written by Susan Spinasanta

Isthmic and Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolisthesis: Diagnosis and Treatment

At the American Association of Neurological Surgeons 83rd Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC, controversies in, as well as recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of lumbar spondylolisthesis were the subjects of a moderated discussion.

Minimally Invasive Posterior or Transarticular Approach to Sacroiliac Joint Fusion?

Hector E. Soriano-Baron, MD presented, Sacro-Iliac Joint Fusion with Two Different Minimally Invasive Techniques: Posterior vs. Trans-Articular, Biomechanical Analysis during the 31st Annual Meeting of the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves—Spine Summit 2015 in Phoenix, AZ.

Risks Associated with Opioids after Spine Surgery

David W. Polly, Jr., MD presented Opioid-related Adverse Events with Lumbar Spine Surgery: Is the Risk Real? during the 31st Annual Meeting of the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves—Spine Summit 2015.

Osteoporosis and Spinal Fracture Management Tool: Own the Bone®

The American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone® tool helps hospitals, medical centers, and physician practices to develop their own Fracture Liaison Service (FLS).

The Changing Face of Spinal Cord Injury Trials

New research on interventions for spinal cord injury is emerging at a rapid pace. From studies on neuroprotective approaches to novel biologics, these discoveries are anticipated to translate into breakthroughs in this field.

Coflex Device Shows ‘Similar or Superior’ Efficacy to Fusion When Used With Decompression in 5-Year Study of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Decompression plus interlaminar stabilization with coflex® (Paradigm Spine, LLC) produced similar outcomes to decompression plus fusion with pedicle screws in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis.

SpineUniverse Spine Surgeon Survey Results

In an effort to better understand challenges spine surgeons face, SpineUniverse developed several viewpoint questions. During September, October and November 2015, the questions were distributed to neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons.

Scoliosis Specific Exercise and Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

In adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis, the goal of scoliosis specific exercise (SSE) treatment is prevention or reduction of curve progression, respiratory dysfunction, spinal pain, and improved appearance through postural correction.

Predictor of Return to Work after Lumbar Discectomy

Koi Duc Than, MD presented, How to Predict Return to Work after Lumbar Discectomy: Answers from the NeuroPoint-SD Registry during the 31st Annual Meeting of the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves—Spine Summit 2015.

Spinal Metastasis Surgery and Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Wound Healing and Complications

During the 31st Annual Meeting of the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, Vijay Yanamadala, MD, a neurosurgeon presented, Morbidity of Repeat Surgery for Recurrent Spinal Metastases Following Combined Separation Surgery and Stereotactic Radiosurgery.

Traditional Open versus Mini-open Transpedicular Corpectomy in Thoracic Spinal Metastases

Darryl Lau, MD, a resident in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of California at San Francisco presented, Posterior Thoracic Corpectomies with Cage Reconstruction for Metastatic Spinal Tumors: Comparing the Mini-Open Approach to the Open Approach.

Safety and Effectiveness of Two-level Total Disc Replacement (TDR) versus Two-level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)

NASS 2014 MEETING HIGHLIGHT: Dr. Reginald J. Davis presented results of a study of the safety and effectiveness of 2-level total disc replacement (TDR) compared to an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) control group.

A Vacation from Back Pain

Summer is the season to burn some vacation time and hit the road. The longer days and warmer weather may make it easier to get away, but summer travel includes cramped flights and seemingly-endless road trips. And that can take a toll on your back.

iFuse System For Sacroiliac Joint Pain Shows High Success Rate and Patient Satisfaction

The iFuse system showed a high rate of patient satisfaction and was linked to reduced need for opioid medications.

Stem Cells and Degenerative Disc Disease

SpineUniverse interviewed Kaliq Chang, MD—an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist about stem cells in the treatment of degenerative disc disease.

Financial Disclosures

SpineUniverse, a Vertical Health, LLC website, is committed to ensuring that the medical information it presents is accurate, balanced, objective, and trustworthy. 

To help achieve this goal, SpineUniverse requires all authors, editors, and reviewers to disclose any financial relationships or affiliations they have with companies whose products or services may be mentioned in the content they author, edit, or review.

The intent of this policy is to identify any perceived, potential, or real conflicts of interest so that readers can make their own judgments about the value of information being presented.

Author's Statement

I, the undersigned, declare that neither I nor members of my immediate family have a financial interests or affiliation with commercial companies whose products and / or services may be mentioned in the materials I have authored, edited or reviewed for presentation on Vertical Health, LLC’s websites.
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