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Amir A. Mehbod, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Twin City Spine Center
Minneapolis, MN

About Amir A. Mehbod, MD

Amir A. Mehbod, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon at Twin Cities Spine Center and a clinical instructor at the University of Minnesota. He earned his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. Dr. Mehbod completed 2 spine fellowships—the first at Twin Cities Spine Center in Minnesota and the second at the University of Bordeaux in France.

Dr. Mehbod's professional associations include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the Scoliosis Research Society. He specializes in degenerative spinal diseases, spinal deformity, disc replacement, and trauma, tumors, and infection.



  1. Erkan S, Wu C, Mehbod AA, Cho W, Transfeldt EE: Biomechanical Comparison of Transpedicular Versus Extrapedicular Vertebroplasty Using Polymethylmethacrylate. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2010 Jan. 6. Epub ahead of print.
  2. Ploumis A, Wu C, Mehbod AA, Fischer G, Faundez A, Wu W, Transfeldt EE: Revision of Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Using Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion: A Biomechanical Study in Nonosteoporotic Bone. J Neurosurg Spine. 2010. 12(1):82-7.
  3. Zheng X, Wang J, Wu C, Mehbod AA: Salmonella osteomyelitis of multiple ribs and thoracic vertebra with large psoas muscle abscesses. Spine J. 2009. 9(11):e1-4. Epub 2009 Aug 5.
  4. Zheng X, Chaudhari R, Wu C, Mehbod AA, Transfeldt EE: Subaxial cervical pedicle screw insertion with newly defined entry point and trajectory: accuracy evaluation in cadavers. Eur Spine J. 2009 Nov 15. [Epub ahead of print].
  5. Erkan S, Hsu B, Wu C, Mehbod AA, Perl J, Transfeldt EE: Alignment of pedicle screws with pilot holes: can tapping improve screw trajectory in thoracic spines? Eur Spine J. 2009 Jun 14. [Epub ahead of print].
  6. Mac-Thiong, Transfeldt, Mehbod, Perra, Denis, Garvey, Lonstein, Winter: Can C7 Plumbline And Gravity Line Predict Health Related Quality Of Life In Adult Scoliosis? Spine. 2009 Jul 1;34(15):E519-27.
  7. Vargas-Soto HA, Mehbod AA, Mullaney KJ, Dykes DC, Schwender JD, Transfeldt EE, Akesen B, Wroblewski J: Salvage Procedures for Pseudarthrosis after Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)-Anterior-only versus Anterior-Posterior Surgery: A Clinical and Radiological Outcome Study. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2009. 18(4):200-4.
  8. Ploumis, Lui, Mehbod, Transfeldt, Winter: A Correlation of Radiographic And Functional Measurements In Adult Degenerative Scoliosis. Spine. 2009. 1;34(15):1581-4.
  9. Sembrano, Mehbod, Garvey, Denis, Perra, Schwender, Transfeldt, Winter, Wroblewski: A Concomitant Posterior Approach Improves Fusion Rates But Not Overall Reoperation Rates In Multilevel Cervical Fusion For Spondylosis. J Spinal Disord Tech. (Accepted for Publication - May 2009)
  10. Erkan S, Rivera Y, Wu C, Mehbod AA, Transfeldt EE: Biomechanical comparison of two-level Maverick disc replacement and a hybrid one-level disc replacement and one-level anterior lumbar interbody fusion. Spine J. 2009 May 26. [Epub ahead of print]
  11. Erkan S, Wu C, Mehbod AA, Hsu B, Pahl DW, Transfeldt EE. Biomechanical Evaluation of a New AxialLIF Technique for Two-level Lumbar Fusion. Eur Spine J. 2009 Apr 8. [Epub ahead of print].
  12. Skinner SA, Transfeldt EE, Mehbod AA, Mullan JC, Perra JH. Electromyography Detcts Mechanically-Induced Suprasegmental Spinal Motor Tract Injury: Review of Decompression at Spinal Cord Level. Clin Neurophysiol. 2009;120(4): 754-64. Epub 2009 Mar 10.
  13. Faundez AA, Schwender JD, Safriel Y, Gilbert TJ, Mehbod AA, Denis F, Transfeldt EE, Wroblewski JM. Clinical and radiological outcome of anterior-posterior fusion versus transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for symptomatic disc degeneration: a retrospective comparative study of 133 patients. Eur Spine J. 2009 Jan 6. [Epub ahead of print]
  14. Schwender JD, Casnellie MT, Perra JH, Transfeldt EE, Pinto MR, Denis F, Garvey TA, Polly DW, Mehbod AA, Dykes DC, Winter RB, Wroblewski JM. Perioperative complications in revision anterior lumbar spine surgery: incidence and risk factors. Spine. 2009;34(1):87-90.
  15. Wu C, Mehbod AA, Erkan S, Transfeldt EE. A method to calculate relative spinal motion without digitization. Spine J. 2008 Sep 12. [Epub]
  16. Derincek A, Mehbod A, Pinto M, Transfeldt E. Degeneration of non-fused segments after floating lumbar fusion. Acta Orthop Belg. 2008;74(4):507-11
  17. Ploumis A, Mehbod AA, Dressel TD, Dykes DC, Transfeldt EE, Lonstein JE. Therapy of spinal wound infections using vacuum-assisted wound closure: risk factors leading to resistance to treatment. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2008 Jul;21(5):320-3.
  18. Cho W, Wu C, Mehbod AA, Transfeldt EE. Comparison of cage designs for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion: A biomechanical study. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2008 Jul 31.
  19. Faundez AA, Mehbod AA, Wu C, Wu W, Ploumis A, Transfeldt EE. Position of Interbody Spacer in Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Effect on 3-dimensional Stability and Sagittal Lumbar Contour. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2008;21(3):175-180.
  20. Ploumis A, Wu C, Fischer G, Mehbod AA, Wu W, Faundez A, Transfeldt EE. Biomechanical Comparison of Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion and Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2008; 21(2):120-125.
  21. Sokolowski MJ, Garvey TA, Perl J 2nd, Sokolowski MS, Akesen B, Mehbod AA, Mullaney KJ, Dykes DC, Transfeldt EE. Postoperative lumbar epidural hematoma: does size really matter? Spine. 2008;33(1): 114-9.
  22. Sokolowski MJ, Garvey TA, Perl J 2nd, Sokolowski MS, Cho W, Mehbod AA, Dykes DC, Transfeldt EE. Prospective study of postoperative lumbar epidural hematoma: incidence and risk factors. Spine. 2008;33(1): 114-9.
  23. Akesen B, Wu C, Mehbod AA, Transfeldt EE. Biomechanical Evaluation of Paracoccygeal Transsacral Fixation. J Spinal Disord Tech.
  24. Faundez AA, Mehbod AA, Wu C, Wu W, Ploumis A, Transfeldt, EE: Position of Interbody Spacer in Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Effect on 3-dimensional Stability and Sagittal Lumbar Contour. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2008;21(3):175-180.
  25. Transfeldt EE, Mehbod AA: Evidence-based medicine analysis of isthmic spondylolisthesis treatment including reduction versus fusion in situ for high-grade slips. Spine. 2007;32(19 Suppl):S126-9.
  26. Derincek A, Mehbod AA, Schellhas K, Pinto MR, Transfeldt EE. Discography: Can Pain in a Morphologically Normal Disc be Due to an Adjacent Abnormal Disc? Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2007 Jun 19 (Epub).
  27. Ploumis A, Transfeldt EE, Gilbert TJ Jr, Mehbod AA, Dykes DC. Degenerative Lumbar Scoliosis: Radiographis Correlation of Lateral Rotatory Olisthesis with Neural Canal Dimensions. Spine. 2006;31(20):2353-8.
  28. Derincek A, Wu C, Mehbod AA, Transfeldt EE. Biomechanical Comparison of Anatomic Trajectory Pedicle Screw Versus Injectable Calcium Sulfate Graft-Augmented Pedicle Screw for Salvage in Cadaveric Thoracic Bone. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2006; 19(4):286-91.
  29. Ploumis A, Mehbod AA, Garvey TA, Gilbert T, Transfeldt EE, Wood K. Prospective Assessment of Cervical Fusion Status: Plain Radiographs Versus CT-Scan. Acta Orthop Belg. 2006;72(3):342-6.
  30. Le Huec J, Basso Y, Mathews H, Mehbod A, Aunoble S, Friesem T, Zdeblick T. The Effect of Single-Level, Total Disc Arthroplasty on Sagittal Balance Parameters: A Prospective Study. Eur Spine J. 2005 Mar 11.
  31. Wood KB, Bohn D, Mehbod A. Anterior versus Posterior Treatment of Stable Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures Without Neurologic Deficit: A Prospective, Randomized Study. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2005;18:S15-S23.
  32. Mehbod AA, Ogilvie JW, Pinto MR, Schwender JD, Trandsfeldt EE, Wood KB, LeHuec JC. Postoperative Deep Wound Infections in Adults After Spinal Fusion: Management with Vacuum-Assisted Wound Closure. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2005;18(1):14-17.
  33. Polly DW Jr, Santos ER, Mehbod AA. Surgical Treatment for the Painful Motion Segment: Matching Technology with the Indications: Posterior Lumbar Fusion. Spine. 2005; 30(16S): S44-51.
  34. Wood KB, Khanna G, Vaccaro AR, Arnold PM, Harris MB, Mehbod AA. Assessment of Two Thoracolumbar Fracture Classification Systems as Used by Multiple Surgeons. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2005;87:1423-1429.
  35. Wood KB, Mehbod AA. Operative Treatment for Coccygodynia. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2004; 17(6): 511-515.
  36. Loder RT, Spiegel D, Gutknecht S, Kleist K, Ly T, Mehbod AA. The Assessment of Intraobserver and Interobserver Error in the Measurement of Noncongenital Scoliosis in Children < or = 10 Years of Age. Spine. 2004;29 (22): 2548-53.
  37. Santos EG, Polly DW Jr, Mehbod AA, Saleh KJ. Disc Arthroplasty: Lessons Learned From Total Joint Arthroplasty. Spine. 2004;(6 Suppl):S182-9
  38. Beaubien BP, Mehbod AA, Kallemeier PM, Lew WD, Butterman GR, Transfeldt EE, Wood KB. Posterior Augmentation of an Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Minimally Invasive Fixation Versus Pedicle Screws In Vitro. Spine. 2004;29(19): E406-E412.
  39. Loder RT, Sundberg S, Gabriel K, Mehbod A, Meyer C. Determination of Bone Age in Children with Cartilaginous Dysplasia (Multiple Hereditary Osteochondromatosis and Ollier's Enchondromatosis). J Pediatr Orthop. 2004;24(1): 102-8.
  40. Loder RT, Mehbod AA, Meyer C, Meisterling M. Acetabular Depth and Race in Young Adults: A Potential Explanation of the Differences in the Prevalence of Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis Between Different Racial Groups? J Pediatr Orthop. 2003;23(6): 699-702.
  41. Mehbod A, Aunoble S, Le Huec JC. Vertebroplasty for Osteoporotic Spine Fracture: Prevention and Treatment. Eur Spine J. 2003;12 Suppl 2: S155-62.
  42. Wood K, Butterman G, Mehbod A, Garvey T, Jhanjee R, Sechriest V. Operative Compared with Nonoperative Treatment of a Thoracolumbar Burst Fracture without Neurologic Deficit: A Prospective, Randomized Study. J Bone Joint Surg. 2003; 85(A):773-81.

Book Chapters

  1. Lonstein JE, Mehbod AA. Natural History of Spinal Deformity in Spinal Deformities The Essentials. Robert F. Heary and Todd J. Albert, Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.; 2007.
  2. Wood KB, Mehbod AA. Minimally Invasive Translaminar Facet Screw Fixation in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. A Vacarro. New York: Informa Health Care; 2007.
  3. Transfeldt EE, Mehbod AA, Chopin D. Sacral Fixation using the Colorado Sacral Plate, in Spinal Instrumentation by Daniel Kim. Thieme Medical Publishers; 2005.
  4. Transfeldt EE, Mehbod AA, Roussoully P. Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis using the Colorado II System, in Spinal Instrumentation by Daniel Kim. Thieme Medical Publishers; 2005.
  5. Transfeldt EE, Mehbod AA: Spondylolisthesis Reduction, in Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine. W.B. Saunders; 2005.
  6. Le Huec, Mehbod, Aunoble. Failed Spinal Fusion in The Failed Spine Textbook. Szpalsi, Marek. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2004.
  7. Le Huec, Mehbod, Aunoble. The Failed Perfect Surgery. In: The Failed Spine Textbook. Szpalsi, Marek. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2004.
  8. Wood, KB, Mehbod, AA: Thoracic Disk Herniations. In: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 7. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
  9. Wood KB, Mehbod AA. Minimally Invasive Translaminar Facet Screw Fixation. In: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery by A Vacarro. New York: Informa Health Care; 2007.

Case Studies Presented by Amir A. Mehbod, MD

Reactive Scoliosis

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Adult Onset Scoliosis

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Patient History The patient is a 31-year-old male with back and right lower extremity pain.  His pain started 6 months ago and is unrelated to trauma.  He feels the pain is 20% back-related and 80% leg-related and involves the right buttock, lateral thigh and leg, and dorsum.  The pa

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