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Rick C. Sasso, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Indiana Spine Group
Carmel, IN

About Rick C. Sasso, MD

Dr. Rick Sasso is a Spine Surgeon and President of the Indiana Spine Group. He is also Clinical Instructor at Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Additionally, Dr. Sasso holds the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor at Butler University.

Dr. Sasso earned a Medical Degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. At the University of Texas Medical School, Dr. Sasso did his Internship in Surgery and his Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery. Following training at the University of Texas, Dr. Sasso did Fellowships in Spine Surgery at Northwestern University, Baylor College of Medicine, and an AO Spine Fellowship in Switzerland. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Sasso is a member of various professional organizations including: the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, American Medical Association, AO Alumni Association, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Cervical Spine Research Society, Indiana State Medical Association, and the Indianapolis Medical Society.

Thus far in Dr. Sasso's medical practice and research, he has contributed three book chapters, published 16 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and 14 scientific abstracts. Additionally, he has presented over 40 scientific presentations or posters, over 90 lectures, and has been an invited faculty member for 65 major medical conferences.

Publications

Book Chapter 1.

1. Sasso RC, Cotler HB, Thalgott JS: Transpedicular Fixation with AO Dynamic Compression Plates. In: Spinal Instrumentation, pp. 257-280. Edited by HS An and JC Cotler. Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins, 1992.

Scientific Journal Articles: Peer Reviewed:

1. Sasso RC, Cotler HB, Reuben JD: Posterior Fixation of Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Fractures using DC Plates and Pedicle Screws. Spine 16:S134-S139, 1991.

2. Thalgott JP, Cotler HB, Sasso RC, LaRocca HS, Gardner V: Postoperative Infections in Spinal Implants: Classification and Analysis: A Multi-Center Study. Spine 16:981-984, 1991.

3. Sasso RC, Urquhart BA, Cain TE: Closed Femoral Shortening. J Pediatr Orthop 13:51- 56, 1993.

4. Sasso RC, Cotler HB: Posterior Instrumentation and Fusion for Unstable Fractures and Fracture-Dislocations of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine: A Comparative Study of Three Fixation Devices in 70 Patients. Spine 18:450-460, 1993.

5. Sasso RC, Doherty BJ, Crawford MJ, Heggeness MH: Biomechanics of Odontoid Fracture Fixation: Comparison of the One- and Two-Screw Technique. Spine 18:1950-1953, 1993.

6. Sasso RC, Kozak JA, Dickson JH: The Sickle Ligament Revisited: Release of the Lumbosacral Ligament via an Anterior Approach. Spine 18:2127-2130, 1993.

7. Heggeness MH, Watters, WC, Francis WR, Lindsey RW, Sasso RC, Huler RJ: Avulsion of the Anterior Superior Iliac Spine: A Complication of Bone Graft Harvest. Complications in Orthopedics 9:39-43, 1994.

8. Sasso RC, Jeanneret B, Fischer AK, Magerl F: Occipitocervical Fusion with Posterior Plate and Screw Instrumentation: A Long-Term Follow-Up Study.Spine 19:2364-2368, 1994.

9. Thalgott JS, Sasso RC, Cotler HB, Aebi M, LaRocca SH: Adult Spondylolisthesis Treated with Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion and Pedicular Instrumentation with AO DC Plates. J Spinal Disord 10: 204-208, 1997.

10. Sasso RC, Meyer PR, Heinemann AW, Van Aken J, Hastie B: Seatbelt Use and Relation to Neurologic Injury in Motor Vehicle Crashes. J Spinal Disord 10: 325-328, 1997.

11. Sasso RC, Williams JI, Dimasi N, Meyer PR: Postoperative Drains at the Donor Site of Iliac Crest Bone Grafts: A Prospective, Randomized Study of Morbidity at the Donor Site in Patients who had a Traumatic Injury of the Spine. J Bone Joint Surg 80-A:631-635, 1998.

12. Sasso RC, Butler JB: Sacroiliac Joint Subluxation. (Orthopedics-accepted, 1999)

Scientific Journal Articles: Non-Peer Reviewed:

1. Sasso RC, Cotler HB: Pedicle Screw Plating of Traumatic Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Injuries. The Jefferson Orthop J 17:30-33, 1988.

2. Cotler HB, Sasso RC, Liu S: Pedicle Screw Plating of Traumatic Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Injuries: A preliminary report. Chinese J Surg 10:162-164, 1990.

3. Butler JE, Sasso RC, Reimers DL: Recurrent Subluxation of the Sacroiliac Joint: Experience with 22 Patients. Houston Medicine 6:45-55, 1990.

4. Sasso RC, Cotler HB, Guyer RD: Evaluating Low Back Pain: The Role of Diagnostic Imaging. J Musculoskeletal Medicine 8:21-37, 1991.

Abstracts:

1. Sasso RC, Cotler HB: Pedicle Screw Plating of Acute Spine Injuries. Orthop Trans, 12:548, 1988.

2. Thalgott JS, LaRocca SH, Cotler HB, Gardner V, Sasso RC, Aebi M: Postoperative Infections in Spinal Implants: A Classification and Analysis: A Multi-Center Study. Orthop Trans, 14:17-18, 1990.

3. Thalgott JS, Sasso RC, Cotler HB, LaRocca SH, Gardner V: Postoperative Infection in Spinal Implants: A Classification and Analysis: A Multi-Center Study. Orthop Trans, 14:665- 666, 1990.

4. Thalgott JP, LaRocca SH, Cotler HB, Gardner V, Sasso RC, Aebi M: Postoperative Infections in Spinal Implants. Orthop Trans, 14:748-749, 1990.

5. Thalgott JP, Cotler HB, LaRocca SH, Gardner V, Aebi M, Sasso RC: Lumbar Spondylolisthesis Managed by Insitu Fusion with AO DC plates: A Multi-Center Study. Orthop Trans, 14:816, 1990.

6. Sasso RC, Cotler HB: Posterior Instrumentation and Fusion for Unstable Fractures and Fracture-Dislocations of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine: A Comparative Study of Three Fixation Devices in 70 Patients. Orthop Trans, 15:645, 1991.

7. Thalgott JP, Cotler HB, Sasso RC, LaRocca HS, Gardner V: Postoperative Infections in Spinal Implants: Classification and Analysis: A Multi-Center Study. Orthop Trans, 16:845, 1992.

8. Sasso RC, Heggeness MH, Doherty BJ: Biomechanics of Odontoid Fracture Fixation: A Comparison of One and Two Screw Technique. Orthop Trans, 18:337, 1994.

9. Sasso RC, Huler RJ, Lindsey RW, Francis WR, Heggeness MH: Avulsion of the Anterior Superior Iliac Spine: A Complication of Bone Graft Harvest. Orthop Trans, 18:355, 1994.

10. Sasso RC, Jeanneret B, Fischer K, Magerl F: Occipitocervical Fusion with Posterior Plate and Screw Instrumentation: A Long Term Follow-Up Study. Orthop Trans, 18:703- 704, 1994.

11. Sasso RC, Jeanneret B, Fischer K, Magerl F: Occipitocervical Fusion with Posterior Plate and Screw Instrumentation: A Long Term Follow-Up Study. Orthop Trans, 19: 380, 1995.

12. Williams JI, Sasso RC, Di Masi RN, Meyer, PR: Postoperative Drains in Iliac Crest Bone Graft Donor Sites: A Prospective, Randomized study. Orthop Trans, 19: 758-759, 1995.

13. Sasso RC: Multilevel Cervical Corpectomy: Reconstruction Risk Factors. Orthop Trans, 22:1101, 1999.

14. Kitchel S, Watkins RG, Weiland DJ, Brown CW, Bernstein AJ, Hadjipavlou AG, Pashman RS, Michelson GK, Sasso RC, Callewart CC, Dawson EG, Danielson GO, Salib RM: A Multi-Centered Prospective Study of the Inter Fix Threaded Fusion Device versus Femoral Ring Allograft. North American Spine Society 14th Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. 254-255, October 20-23, 1999.

Poster Exhibits

1. "Lumbar Spondylolisthesis Managed by Insitu Fusion with AO DC plates: A Multi- Center Study." Combined Meeting of Scoliosis Research Society/European Spinal Deformities Society. September 17 - 22, 1989. Amsterdam. Presented by Vance Gardner, M.D.

2. "Closed Femoral Shortening." American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting. February 8 - 13, 1990. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Scientific Presentations:

1. "Pedicle Screw Plating of Acute Spine Injuries: Preliminary Study." American Orthopaedic Association 1988 Resident's Conference. March 16 - 19, 1988. Boston, Massachusetts.

2. "Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency." 16th Annual Shrine Lectureship, Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children. November 1, 1988. Houston, Texas.

3. "Closed Femoral Shortening: Houston Shrine Experience." 17th Annual Shrine Lectureships, Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children. March 3, 1989. Houston, Texas.

4. "Postoperative Infection in Spinal Implants: Classification and Analysis." American Orthopaedic Association, 1989 Resident's Conference. March 29 - April 1, 1989. Rochester, New York.

5. "Pedicle Screw Plating of Acute Spine Injuries." American Spinal Injury Association Meeting. April 3 - 5, 1989. Las Vegas, Nevada.

6. "Postoperative Infections in Spinal Implants: A Classification and Analysis: A Multi- Center Study." North American Spine Society Fourth Annual Meeting. June 29 - July 2, 1989. Quebec City, Canada. Presented by John Thalgott, M.D.

7. "Postoperative Infections in Spinal Implants: A Classification and Analysis: A Multi- Center Study." Combined meeting of Scoliosis Research Society/European Spinal Deformities Society. September 17 - 22, 1989. Amsterdam. Presented by Vance Gardner, M.D.

8. "Postoperative Infections in Spinal Implants." Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Eighth Annual Meeting. March 28 - April 1, 1990. Pointclear, Alabama. Presented by John Thalgott, M.D.

9. "Posterior Instrumentation and Fusion for Unstable Fractures and Fracture-Dislocations of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine: A Comparative Study of Three Fixation Devices in 70 Patients." Chief Resident Thesis, The Edward T. Smith Orthopaedic Lectureship. October 5, 1990. Houston, Texas.

10. "Closed Femoral Shortening: Results of a Prospective Study." 19th Annual Shrine Lectureship, Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children. April 5, 1991. Houston, Texas.

11. "Posterior Instrumentation and Fusion for Unstable Thoracolumbar Fractures: A Comparative Study of Three Fixation Devices in 70 Patients." American Orthopaedic Association 1991 Resident's Conference. April 10 - 13, 1991. Kansas City, Kansas.

12. "Posterior Instrumentation and Fusion for Unstable Thoracolumbar Fractures." Texas Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting. May 10 - 12, 1991. Dallas, Texas.

13. "Posterior Instrumentation and Fusion for Unstable Thoracolumbar Fractures: A Comparative Study of Three Fixation Devices in 70 Patient." North American Spine Society Sixth Annual Meeting. July 31 - August 3, 1991. Keystone, Colorado.

14. "Postoperative Infections in Spinal Implants: Classification and Analysis: A Multi-Center Study." Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association Second Annual Meeting. September 12, 1991. Washington, DC.

15. "Biomechanics of Odontoid Fracture Fixation: A Comparison of One and Two Screw Techniques." Cervical Spine Research Society Twentieth Annual Meeting. December 3-5, 1992. Palm Desert, California.

16. "Avulsion of the Anterior Superior Iliac Spine: A Complication of Bone Graft Harvest." Cervical Spine Research Society Twentieth Annual Meeting. December 3 - 5, 1992. Palm Desert, California.

17. "Seatbelt Use and Neurologic Injury." North American Spine Society Eighth Annual Meeting. October 14-16, 1993. San Diego, California.

18. "Occipitocervical Fusion with Posterior Plate and Screw Instrumentation." Garceau- Wray Lectures. November 16, 1993. Indianapolis, Indiana.

19. "Occipitocervical Fusion with Posterior Plate and Screw Instrumentation." Cervical Spine Research Society Twenty-first Annual Meeting. December 2-4, 1993. New York, New York.

20. "Occipitocervical Fusion." Indiana Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting. March 17- 19,1994. Indianapolis, Indiana.

21. "Late Dural Leakage Associated with Intraoperative Epidural Corticosteroids." North American Spine Society Ninth Annual Meeting. October 19-22, 1994. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

22. "Occipitocervical Fusion with Posterior Plate and Screw Instrumentation: A Long-Term Follow-Up Study." American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 62nd Annual Meeting. February 18, 1995. Orlando, Florida.

23. "Out-Patient Lumbar Microdiscectomy." Indiana Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting. March 4, 1995. Muncie, Indiana.

24. "Postoperative Drains in Iliac Crest Bone Graft Donor Sites: A Prospective, Randomized Study." Mid-America Orthopedic Association 13th Annual Meeting. April 19-23, 1995. Palm Beach, Florida. Presented by Indiana University Orthopaedic Surgery Resident - John Williams, MD.

25. "Postoperative Drains in Iliac Crest Bone Graft Donor Sites: A Prospective, Randomized Study." Garceau-Wray Twentieth Annual Orthopaedic Lectures. November 9-10, 1995. Indianapolis, Indiana.

26. "Postoperative Drains in Iliac Crest Bone Graft Donor Sites." American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 63rd Annual Meeting, February 24, 1996. Atlanta, Georgia. Presented by Spine Fellow, John Williams, M.D.

27. "Multilevel Cervical Corpectomy: Reconstruction Risk Factors." Garceau-Wray Twenty-Second Annual Orthopaedic Lectures. October 17-18, 1997. Indianapolis, Indiana.

28. "Multilevel Cervical Corpectomy: Reconstruction Risk Factors." Mid-America Orthopaedic Association 16th Annual Meeting. April 22-26, 1998. Acapulco, Mexico.

29. "AtlantoAxial Stabilization with Posterior Transarticular Screw Fixation." Indiana Orthopaedic Society 43rd Annual Meeting. May 6-8, 1999. Merrillville, Indiana. Presented by Thomas Reilly, MD.

31. "Comparison of AtlantoAxial Stabilization with Posterior Cervical Wiring or Transarticular Fixation." Cervical Spine Research Society 27th Annual Meeting. December 16-18, 1999. Seattle, Washington. Presented by Thomas Reilly, MD.

Invited Lectures:

1. "The Pedicle." Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, The University of Texas Medical School. March 10, 1988. Houston, Texas.

2. "Upper Extremity Regional Anesthesia." Hand Conference, The University of Texas Medical School. August 31, 1988. Houston, Texas.

3. "Compression Neuropathies for the Upper Extremity." Hand Conference, The University of Texas Medical School. October 5, 1988. Houston, Texas.

4. "Impingement Syndrome." Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, The University of Texas Medical School. November 3, 1988. Houston, Texas.

5. "The Ilizarov Method: Treatment of Pseudarthrosis, Mal-Unions, and Bone Defects." Clinical Instructor. Baylor, UT Houston, UT Galveston Combined Symposium. November 15 - 17, 1989. Houston, Texas.

6. "Traumatic Spinal Injury Series." Orthopaedic Fracture Conference, The University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas. (a) "Cervical Spine Trauma," March 1, 1990; (b) "Thoracic Spine Trauma," March 8, 1990; (c) "Lumbar Spine Trauma," March 15, 1990.

7. "Biomechanics of the Spine." Spine Conference, The University of Texas Medical School. June 13, 1990. Houston, Texas.

8. "Knee Dislocation." Orthopaedic Fracture Conference, The University of Texas Medical School. June 14, 1990. Houston, Texas.

9. "Fractures and Dislocations of the Midfoot and Forefoot." Orthopaedic Fracture Conference, The University of Texas Medical School. September 20, 1990. Houston, Texas.

10. "Cervical Spine Traction." Surgical Intensive Care Nurses Conference, Hermann Hospital. October 19, 1990. Houston, Texas.

11. "AO DC Plates with Pedicle Screws, Luque Rods with Sublaminar Wires, Harrington Rods and Hooks: Advantages and Disadvantages for Treatment of Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Fractures." Presented to the North American AOA Traveling Fellows, The University of Texas Medical School. October 24, 1990. Houston, Texas.

12. "Pelvic Fractures." Orthopaedic Fracture Conference, The University of Texas Medical School. February 14, 1991. Houston, Texas.

13. "Sacroiliac Joint Subluxation." Texas Back Institute Guest Lecturer. June 14, 1991. Houston, Texas.

14. "Spinal Cord Emergencies." Chairman's Conference, Northwestern University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. July 13, 1991. Chicago, Illinois.

15. "Surgical Management of Cervical Injuries." Northwestern University Prosthetic and Orthotic Halo Management Course. September 7, 1991. Chicago, Illinois.

16. "Acute Orthopaedic Management of the Spinal Cord Injured Patient." Clinical Lecture Series, Northwestern University Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. October 1, 1991. Chicago, Illinois.

17. "Current Concepts in Spinal Cord Trauma." Presented to the 1991 North American Traveling Fellows. October 12, 1991. Chicago, Illinois.

18. "Post Spinal Instrumentation Infection." Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Grand Rounds. November 6, 1991. Chicago, Illinois.

19. "Surgical Management of Unstable Cervical Injuries." The Midwest Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Fall Scientific Seminar. November 9, 1991. Northbrook, Illinois.

20. "The History of Instrumentation in the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine." Neurosurgical Grand Rounds, Northwestern University Department of Neurologic Surgery. November 11, 1991. Chicago, Illinois

21. "Biomechanics of Spinal Instrumentation." Grand Rounds Lecture, Northwestern University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. December 6, 1991. Chicago, Illinois.

22. "Non-Operative Treatment of Low Back Pain." St. Vincent Hospital Carmel Council meeting. July 22, 1992. Indianapolis, Indiana.

23. "Evaluation of Low Back Pain." St. Vincent Occupational Health Medical Staff meeting. October 7, 1992. Indianapolis, Indiana.

24. "Imaging Studies for the Efficient Evaluation of the Lumbar Spine." Hancock County Medical Society meeting. January 11, 1993. Greenfield, Indiana.

25. "Biomechanics of Thoracic and Lumbar Instrumentation." Grand Rounds Lecture, Indiana University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. February 6, 1993. Indianapolis, Indiana.

26. "Outpatient Spinal Surgery." St. Vincent Surgical Nurse Conference. March 24, 1993. Indianapolis, Indiana.

27. "Cervical Spine Disorders." St. Vincent Occupational Health Medical Staff meeting. April 21, 1993. Indianapolis, Indiana.

28. "Cervical and Lumbar Radiculopathies." Surgical Nurse Grand Rounds. May 12, 1993. Indianapolis, Indiana.

29. "Non-Operative Treatment of Cervical and Lumbar Disc Disease." St. Vincent Department of Family Practice Section meeting. May 20, 1993. Indianapolis, Indiana.

30. "Diagnostic Evaluation of the Lumbar Spine." Family Practice Grand Rounds, St. Vincent Department of Family Practice. May 27, 1993. Indianapolis, Indiana.

31. "Occipitocervical Fusion with Posterior Plate and Screw Instrumentation." Baylor Orthopaedic Symposium. August 13, 1993. Aspen, Colorado.

32. "Back Surgery-What We Can and Cannot Do." St. Vincent Hospital Carmel Council meeting. April 27, 1994. Indianapolis, Indiana.

33. "Radiculopathy." Family Practice Grand Rounds, St. Vincent Department of Family Practice. June 10, 1994. Indianapolis, Indiana.

34. "Inpatient Spinal Surgery." St. Vincent Orthopaedic Nurse Training Series. July 20, August 3, August 17, September 7, 1994. Indianapolis, Indiana.

35. "Principles of Spinal Instrumentation and Fusion." Neurological Surgery Board Review Course. September 17-24, 1994. Indianapolis, Indiana.

36. "Outpatient Spinal Surgery." Ambulatory Surgery Nursing Conference. September 28, 1994. Indianapolis, Indiana.

37. "Cervical Discectomies." Indiana Surgical Post Anesthesia Nurse's Regional Meeting. October 11, 1994. Indianapolis, Indiana.

38. "Radicular Low Back Pain." Medicine Grand Rounds, St. Vincent Department of Internal Medicine. December 13, 1994. Indianapolis, Indiana.

39. "Non Operative Treatment for Low Back Pain." Orthopaedic Current Concepts III. February 11, 1995. Indianapolis, Indiana.

40. "Outpatient Spine Surgery." Post Anesthesia Care Nursing Workshop. March 11, 1995. Indianapolis, Indiana.

41. "Cervical Radiculopathy." St. Vincent Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds. January 23, 1996. Indianapolis, Indiana.

42. "Acute Management of Cervical Fractures." Indiana University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds. July 24, 1996. Indianapolis, Indiana.

43. "Biology of Spinal Fusion." Tulsa Orthopaedic Society Meeting. August 27, 1996. Tulsa, Oklahoma.

44. "Pyogenic Vertebral Osteomyelitis." Medicine Grand Rounds, St. Vincent Department of Internal Medicine. October 8, 1996. Indianapolis, Indiana.

45. "Anterior Approaches to the Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine." Associate Spine Training Program. December 17, 1996. Memphis, Tennessee.

46. "Odontoid Fractures." Indiana Spine Trauma Symposium. Second Annual Meeting. May 3, 1997. Indianapolis, Indiana.

47. "Spinal Cord Injury and Diving." Channel 8 WISH TV 11 PM News. May 15, 1997. Indianapolis, Indiana.

48. "Chordoma." OB/GYN Tumor Conference. St. Vincent Hospital Department of Gynecology. June 4, 1997. Indianapolis, Indiana.

49. "Odontoid Fractures." Baylor University Department of Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds. August 6, 1997. Houston, Texas.

50. "Cervical Myelopathy." Spine-Care- Conservative and Surgical Approaches. August 15- 20, 1997. Stanley, Idaho.

51. "Low Back Pain." Panel Moderator, Indianapolis Orthopaedic Society. September 3, 1997. Indianapolis, Indiana.

52. "Upper Cervical Spine Instability." Synthes Spine 1997 Annual Meeting. November 8-11, 1997. Tucson, Arizona.

53. "Cervical Spine Fractures." Indiana University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Fracture Conference. March 18, 1998. Indianapolis, Indiana.

54. "Cervical Spine Internal Fixation Techniques." Indiana University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds. March 18, 1998. Indianapolis, Indiana.

55. "Post-Operative Infectious Complications." Indiana Spine Trauma Symposium, Third Annual Meeting. May 2, 1998. Indianapolis, Indiana.

56. "Odontoid Fractures." Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds: Orlando Regional Medical Center. June 19, 1998. Orlando, Florida.

57. "Multilevel Cervical Corpectomy: Reconstruction Risk Factors." Florida Spine Study Group. June 19, 1998. Orlando, Florida.

58. "A Protocol for the Prospective, Randomized Study of Type II Odontoid Fractures." AO North American Spine Faculty Retreat. October 15-18, 1998. Tucson, Arizona.

59. "Cervical Trauma"- Moderator. North American Spine Society 13th Annual Meeting. October 30, 1998. San Francisco, California.

60. "Clinical Short Comings of Cylindrical Cages." Synthes Spine 1998 Annual Meeting. November 13-16, 1998. Ponte Verda Beach, Florida.

61. "CSLP Rigidity." Synthes Spine 1998 Annual Meeting. November 13-16, 1998. Ponte Verda Beach, Florida.

62. "Cervical Spine Osteoarthritis." Methodist Hospital Internal Medicine Grand Rounds. December 30, 1998. Indianapolis, Indiana.

63. "Cages, Screws...or Both?" Interbody Spinal Fusion of the Lumbar and Cervical Spine. 15th Annual Meeting of the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. February 10-13, 1999. Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

64. "Cervical Spine Injuries on the Playing Field." University of Indianapolis Athletic Trainers Senior Seminar. February 15, 1999. Indianapolis, Indiana.

65. "Spondylolysis" University of Indianapolis Athletic Trainers Junior Seminar. February 24, 1999. Indianapolis, Indiana.

66. "Mechanisms of Low Back Pain." Family Practice Grand Rounds, St. Vincent Department of Family Practice. April 15, 1999. Indianapolis, Indiana.

67. "Upper Cervical Trauma and Odontoid Fractures." Jewish Hospital and Spine Surgery PSC Seminar. May 28, 1999. Louisville, Kentucky.

68. "Current Treatment of Type II Odontoid Fractures." United States FDA. June 3, 1999. Washington D.C.

69. "Emerging Technologies in Spinal Surgery." Merrill Lynch & Co. Diagnostics and Orthopedics Investor Conference. August 4, 1999. New York, New York.

70. "Physical Examination and Diagnosis of a Painful Lumbar Spine." American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Course - Contemporary Issues in Orthopaedic Surgery. August 19, 1999. Indianapolis, Indiana.

71. "Cervical Spine Diseases & Treatments." American Society of Orthopaedic Physicians Assistants 23rd Annual Meeting. August 21, 1999. Indianapolis, Indiana.

72. "Threaded Titanium Cylindrical Cage results." Interbody Technologies Think Tank. September 16-19, 1999. Sunriver, Oregon.

73. "Posterior Cervical Instrumentation." Cervical Think Tank. September 30-October 3, 1999. Big Sky, Montana.

74. "Classification of Interbody Devices." Current Concepts in Interbody Fusion: A Symposium and Practical Workshop for Biological Implants. October 9, 1999. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

75. "Cages and Screws ... or Both." Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting. October 30, 1999. Boston, Massachusetts.

76. "Odontoid Fractures." Northwestern University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds. February 11, 2000. Chicago, Illinois.

Instructional Course - Faculty

1. AO - Advanced Spinal Techniques Course. April 21-23, 1995. Los Cabos, Mexico. Lecturer: Anterior Cervical Plate Fixation for Fracture Management: Indications and Techniques Lab Moderator: Orozco Plate; Cervical Spine Locking Plate

2. Anterior Surgical Approaches to the Spine. September 30-October 1, 1995. Memphis, Tennessee. Lecturer: Anterior Cervical Fixation Alternatives Cadaver Workshop Instructor: Odontoid Fixation; Transoral Odontoid Removal; Anterior Cervical Instrumentation; Thoracotomy - Anterior Thoracolumbar Plating; Lateral Extracavitary Approach; Retroperitoneal Approach - Anterior Instrumentation; Transperitoneal Approach - Interbody Strut

3. Making Sense of Spinal Instrumentation. October 28, 1995. Memphis, Tennessee. Lecturer: Anterior Cervical Plate and Screw Constructs Lab Moderator: Hook and Rod Constructs; Anterior Cervical Plating

4. Synthes Spine Associate Training Course. February 5-9, 1996. Paoli, Pennsylvania. Lecturer: Cervical Spine Anatomy; Spinal Biomechanics; Anterior Cervical Plating; Occipitocervical Instrumentation; Anterior Odontoid Fracture Internal Fixation

5. Indiana Spine Trauma Symposium. May 4, 1996. Indianapolis, Indiana. Co-Chairman

6. AO/ASIF Spine Course. May 18-19, 1996. Kansas City, Missouri. Lecturer: Degenerative Cervical Spine Lab Moderator: Anterior Cervical Plating Session Moderator: Spinal Anatomy

7. Congress of Neurological Surgeons 46th Annual Meeting. September 29, 1996. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Thoracoscopy Lecturer: Anterior Release for Spinal Deformity Lab Moderator: Human Cadaver Thoracoscopic Spinal Surgery

8. AO Spine Faculty Forum. October 4-6, 1996. Colorado Springs, Colorado.

9. Practical Anatomy and Surgical Technique Workshop - Lumbosacral Course. October 13-14, 1996. St. Louis, Missouri. Lecturer: Sacral Pelvic Disruption Cadaver Lab Instructor: Iliosacral Screw Fixation

10. Making Sense of Spinal Instrumentation. October 19, 1996. Memphis, Tennessee. Lecturer: Anterior Cervical Plate and Screw Constructs Lab Moderator: Deformity Constructs; Anterior Cervical Plating

11. A Contemporary Update on Disorders of the Spine. January 12-17, 1997. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Lecture Moderator: Thoracolumbar Spine Lab Instructor: Posterior Cervical Instrumentation

12. AO/ASIF Advanced Spinal Techniques Course. March 6-9, 1997. Banff, Alberta, Canada. Lecturer: Odontoid Fractures: Classification, Treatment, and Anterior Screw Technique; Posterior Decompression and Fusion Indications in Degenerative Cervical Spine Disease; Nonoperative Treatment Indications and Results in Thoracolumbar Trauma Panelist: Controversies in C1 and C2 Fractures Lab Moderator: Anterior Odontoid Screw Fixation

13. Indiana Spine Trauma Symposium 2nd Annual Meeting. May 3, 1997. Indianapolis, Indiana. Co-Chairman

14. Thoracic and Lumbar Spine: Options & Techniques. May 31, 1997. Indianapolis, Indiana. Lecturer: Spondylolisthesis, Thoracolumbar fractures, Scoliosis

15. AO/ASIF Basic Spine Course. September 6-7, 1997. Ponte Verde Beach, Florida. Lecturer: Anterior Thoracolumbar Spinal Instrumentation Lab Instructor: Posterior Thoracolumbar Instrumentation for Traumatic Indications; Anterior Cervical Instrumentation

16. Korean Spine Surgeon Training Course. September 8-9, 1997. Seattle, Washington. Lecturer: Posterior Cervical Instrumentation; Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion; Trauma and Tumor Reconstruction Techniques

17. AO/ASIF Advanced Spinal Techniques Course. October 9-12, 1997. Hamilton, Bermuda. Lecturer: Posterior Cervical Plate Fixation-Reconstruction; Management of Failed Lumbar Reconstruction; Management of Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

18. A Contemporary Update on Disorders of the Spine. January 18-23, 1998. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Lecturer: Upper Cervical Spine Trauma Lab Instructor: Posterior Cervical Internal Fixation

19. AO/ASIF Comprehensive Spine Course. February 19-22, 1998. San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Lecturer: Anterior Approaches for Cervical Spondylosis Lab Instructor: Odontoid Screw Fixation; Transarticular C1-C2 Screw Moderator: Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

20. Mid-America Orthopaedic Association 16th Annual Meeting. April 22-26, 1998, Acapulco, Mexico. Panel Member: Treatment of Cervical Radiculopathy

21. Indiana Spine Trauma Symposium, Third Annual Meeting. May 2, 1998. Indianapolis, Indiana. Co-Chairman

22. AO Spine Central Region Consultants Course. June 5,1998. St. Louis, Missouri. Cadaver Lab Instructor: Scoliosis and Deformity Constructs.

23. AO/ASIF Comprehensive Spine Course. July 16-19, 1998. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Lecturer: Anterior Operative Approach for Cervical Spine Fractures. Lab Instructor: Anterior Odontoid Screw fixation; Transarticular C1 - C2 Screw Technique Panelist: Cervical Spine Fractures

24. AO/ASIF Basic Spine Course. August 1-2, 1998. Denver, Colorado. Lecturer: Degenerative Cervical Spine Disease Moderator: Spinal Anatomy

25. AO/ASIF Comprehensive Spine Course. December 13-18, 1998. Davos, Switzerland. Lecturer: Anterior Techniques for the Degenerative Cervical Spine Lab Instructor: CerviFix-Posterior Cervical Internal Fixator

26. Eleventh Annual Contemporary Update on Disorders of the Spine. January 17-22, 1999. Whistler, British Colombia, Canada. Lecturer: Cervical Radiculopathy; Posterior and Circumferential Approaches for Thoracolumbar Fractures Lab Instructor: Anterior Cervical Instrumentation

27. The Fifth Annual International Course on Total Spine: Advanced Concepts and Constructs. March 11-14, 1999. Cancun, Mexico. Lecturer: Posterior Cervical Stabilization including the Occiput

28. Current Techniques in Lumbosacral Fixation: Minimizing Complications in Spine Surgery. March 26-27, 1999. Phoenix, Arizona. Lecturer: Lumbar Instability; Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

29. AO/ASIF Comprehensive Spine Course. April 8-11, 1999. Cancun, Mexico. Lecturer: Dens Fractures and Treatment Techniques; C1 - C2 Instability: Treatment and Techniques; Infections of the Spine-Postoperative Lab Instructor: Odontoid Screw; C1 - C2 Transarticular Fixation

30. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Cervical Spine Practical Course. April 24, 1999. New Orleans, Louisiana. Lab Instructor: Anterior Cervical Instrumentation

31. Indiana Spine Trauma Symposium, Fourth Annual Meeting. May 22, 1999. Indianapolis, Indiana. Co-Chairman

32. AO/ASIF Comprehensive/Interactive Spine Course. November 11-14, 1999. Tucker's Town, Bermuda. Lecturer: Dens Fractures, Treatment Options, and Dens Screw Techniques; Anterior Approaches for Sub-axial Trauma; Sub-axial Cervical Spine Trauma - Posterior Fusion Lab Instructor: Odontoid Screws; C1 - C2 Fusion Techniques; Occipitocervical Fusion; Posterior Sub-axial Cervical Instrumentation Moderator: Challenging Cervical Spine Problems

33. AO International 71st Davos Meeting-Comprehensive and Interactive Spine Courses. December 12-17, 1999. Davos, Switzerland. Lecturer: Cervical Laminoplasty; Odontoid Screw Techniques Lab Instructor: Anterior Dens Fixation; C1-C2 Screw Fixation

34. 12th Annual Contemporary Update on Disorders of the Spine. January 16-21, 2000. Whistler, British Colombia, Canada. Lecturer: Upper Cervical Spine Trauma; Posterior Cervical Spine Plating Lab Instructor: Posterior Cervical Instrumentation

35. 16th Annual Meeting: Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Special Course: Lumbar Instability and Fusion: Diagnosis, Patient Selection, Treatment Options, and Outcomes. February 23, 2000. Palm Springs, California. Lecturer: Axial Instability: Degenerative Disc Disease; Cages, Screws, or Both?

 

Articles Written by Rick C. Sasso, MD

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MR imaging is a powerful diagnostic tool that produces 3-D images of the sagittal (left/right), coronal (front/back), axial (head/toe), and oblique (slanted) planes of the body.

Cervical Herniated Disc or Ruptured Disc

A herniated disc (ruptured or bulging disc) in your cervical spine can cause pain in your neck and down your arms. Spine specialists explain the basics.

Cervical and Thoracic Spinal Disorders: New Surgical Technique

In the past, spine surgeons had difficulty placing screws into the proper positions in the vertebrae and still attaching the plate or rod. The VERTEX? Reconstruction System allows screws to be placed exactly where they need to go safely.

Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis is an infection in one or more of the vertebral bodies in the spine. It is very painful and may be treated with antibiotics and rest.

Artificial Cervical Disc Implant Surgery: First of its Kind in US!

SpineUniverse interviews Rick Sasso, M.D., one of the spine surgeons who performed one of the first artificial cervical implant surgery in North America.

PRESTIGE

There are presently two artificial cervical disc replacement devices that are undergoing FDA approval study in the United States: the Bryan disc and the Prestige disc. This article discusses the Prestige disc

Hernia de Disco Cervical

Los síntomas pueden incluir un dolor sordo o agudo en el cuello o entre las “paletas” de la espalda, dolor que irradia hacia abajo en dirección del brazo, la mano o los dedos, o entumecimiento u hormigueo en el hombro o brazo.

Articles Reviewed by Rick C. Sasso, MD

Post-Operative Care: Activity, Incision Care, Rehab and Recovery

Each day following spine surgery the patient is encouraged to increase physical activity and to be as independent as possible.

CT Scan (Computed Tomography) and CAT Scan (Computed Axial Tomography)

A CT Scan (or CAT Scan) reveals the relationships between the spine's bony and soft tissues.

Nuclear Imaging: PET and SPECT Scans

As part of the family of nuclear imaging techniques, PET and SPECT scans are performed to detect abnormal metabolic activity, which could lead to structural changes (in the vertebrae, for example).

Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Measurement

Bone mineral density testing measures the amount of calcium in the bones. The results are used to formulate a treatment plan to reduce the risk for fracture. Learn more here about this test used to diagnose osteoporosis (low bone density).

SPECT Scan

A SPECT scan is an imaging technique that measures the emission of photons of a given energy from radioactive tracers introduced into the body.

Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) Testing

NCV and EMG tests measure nerve conduction and muscle action potential. These tests are performed to determine if symptoms (e.g. sciatica, weakness) are caused by a nerve or muscle disorder.

Electromyography (EMG)

An EMG measures muscle response to nerve stimulation and evaluates electrical activity within selected muscle fibers. The test can help your doctor differentiate between a muscle and nerve disorder.

X-Rays (Radiographs)

X-ray technology is the 'workhorse' of fundamental diagnostic imaging. Testing is fast, easy, and painless.

Bone Scan

A bone scan is an imaging test that detects increased activity in bone. The results help to diagnose fractures, infections, inflammation, and tumors.

Discography (Discogram)

Provocative Discography is a form of discography that replicates the patient's 'discogenic' pain.

Myelography (Myelogram)

A myelogram (myelography) is performed to diagnose disorders of the spinal canal and cord, such as nerve compression that can cause extremity pain and weakness.

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