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  • To identify potential factors related to preoperative and postoperative care that could yield improved outcomes, Michael L. Reed, DPT, OCS, from the Hospital for Special Surgery in Jupiter, Florida, who is a member of the North American Spine Society (NASS) Section on Allied Health, reviewed the results of 3 surveys assessing surgeons’ views on issues related to perioperative care.
  • Low-dose submicron diclofenac (Zorvolex) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the management of osteoarthritis pain. The oral agent is the first FDA-approved low-dose nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
  • The investigational oral medication naloxegol was more effective than placebo in relieving opioid-induced constipation in two phase III trials published in the June 19 New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Use of a minimally invasive approach to spinal surgery is linked to lower risk for infection compared with traditional open surgery, according to a retrospective case-control analysis in the June issue of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

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Intervertebral Disc Regeneration

Research Review
Presented by: Dwight Tyndall, MD


Intervertebral disc degeneration is part of the cascade that can lead to back pain and other pathologies such as spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy in the lumbar spine. This issue of SpineScan explores recent research and the efficacy of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in intervertebral disc regeneration.
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Updated on: Friday, October 31st, 2014

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