North American Spine Society Meeting news for Medical Professionals

Cervical Disc Replacement vs Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: Five-year Study Results Include Subsequent Spinal Surgeries

NASS 2014 MEETING HIGHLIGHT: The results of a 5-year prospective, randomized trial which examined the prevalence and reasons for secondary surgical intervention at both index and adjacent levels in patients treated with cervical disc replacement or ACDF.

Current and Prospective Management of Vertebral Compression Fractures and Osseous Spinal Metastases

NASS 2014 MEETING HIGHLIGHT: Sean Tutton, MD, FSIR discussed new and prospective treatments for vertebral compression fractures, including osseous spinal metastases and primary bone tumors.

Defining Spondylosis Beyond Age-related Spinal Degeneration

NASS 2014 MEETING HIGHTLIGHT: Joseph P. Gjolaj, MD presented Spondylosis: What is Normal Age-related Degeneration? Seeking to develop a definition of spondylolosis instead of classifying it as one of "many degenerative spine diseases," Dr. Gjolaj draws on the Kellgrn-Lawrence classification and outcomes from several studies.

Depression as a Predictor of Quality of Life Post Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Treatment

NASS 2014 MEETING HIGHLIGHT: Patients with lumbar spinal stenosis, who are severely depressed and receive nonoperative treatment, experience worse improvement in quality of life as compared to patients with slight or no depression.

Epidural Anesthesia via Catheter in Spine Surgery Effectively Reduces Postoperative Pain

Contrary to what some spine surgeons may think, the epidural does not paralyze the patient. Rather, the patient is comfortable and the injection allows for routine neurologic examinations. Many physicians are adopting this new technique.

Lumbar Spine Surgery Outcomes: Physiotherapy, Patient Mood and Behavior

Prolonged pain after surgery has been shown to be influenced by these factors: Patient selection, type of surgery performed, and whether or not there's a postoperative rehabilitation plan. Mood and patient behavior play a significant role in outcomes too.

Managing Spine Patients With Diabetes: A Patient-Centric Approach

Carrie Diulus, MD discussed the unique challenges that diabetes poses for spine providers, including challenges with differential diagnosis, as well as medical, operative, and perioperative management.

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).

Results of a Large Single-center Retrospective Review of Cervical Disc Arthroplasty

NASS 2014 MEETING HIGHLIGHT: We found there was a 93% rate of complete neurologic relief of symptoms in patients undergoing cervical disc arthroplasty, as well as a 92% rate of return to unrestricted full activity, and a 90.4% rate of active duty patients returning to unrestricted full duty.

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.

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.

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