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

About Susan Spinasanta

Susan has 25 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) and Association of Health Care Journalists. 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

Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a progressive age-related disorder that can cause a disc to bulge or herniate, and contributes to development of spinal stenosis.

Ossification Shape May Predict Outcomes of Laminoplasty in the Treatment of Cervical Myelopathy

Read on to learn about an important predictor of poor surgical outcomes following laminoplasty.

Causes of Failed Back Surgery Are Multifactorial

"How can surgeons reduce the risk for failed back surgery syndrome?" is the question Dr. Ralph Rashbaum answers.

Is Sciatica a Symptom or a Spinal Disorder?

Sciatica is a symptom of sciatic nerve compression often caused by a bulging or herniated disc in the low back. Leg pain is the hallmark of a sciatic nerve disorder.

Retrolisthesis Differs From Spondylolisthesis

Retrolisthesis is a posterior or backward slippage of a vertebral body in the spinal column. It is the opposite of spondylolisthesis, or anterolisthesis, that is an anterior or forward slip.

Use of Biologics in Spine Surgery

Learn about the advances in biologic materials in spine surgery. Jeffrey C. Wang, MD, a practicing spine surgeon answers SpineUniverse.com's questions.

BMPs and Biologic Materials in Spine Surgery

There has been a great deal of controversy regarding the use of BMP in spine surgery. A practicing spine surgeon and leader in the field of biologic materials, answers our questions in the insightful interview.

What Is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)?

In order to be classified as failed back surgery syndrome, there has to be a correlation between the surgical event and the failure to improve as a direct result of the surgery.

What To Do If You’re Considering Back Surgery

If you are contemplating spine surgery, you may be interested to know what an orthopaedic spine surgeon recommends you consider—including, important questions to ask.

Back Pain Questions About Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Answered

SpineUniverse spoke with Douglas Won, MD, a minimally invasive spine surgeon. Here Dr. Won answers our questions that many patients ask.

Why They Chose Spine Surgery and Patients Who Inspire Them

Why 12 doctors became spine surgeons and their patients who inspire them every day.

Synthetic Ceramic Bone Graft Substitutes

Brian Kwon, MD discussed what makes a synthetic bone graft substitute ideal during the North American Spine Foundation's biologics in spine care course.

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.

Smoking, Tobacco Use, e-Cigarettes and Spine Surgery

Five spine surgeons answer questions from SpineUniverse.com about smoking, tobacco use, including e-cigarettes and spinal surgery.

SpineUniverse Spine Surgeon Survey Results

In an effort to better understand challenges spine surgeons face, SpineUniverse developed several viewpoint questions.

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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