News and Research for Spine Professionals

Two-level Cervical Total Disc Replacement with Mobi-C® Shows Superior Efficacy to ACDF at 7 Years

7-year clinical results of cervical total disc replacement compared with anterior discectomy and fusion for treatment of two-level symptomatic degenerative disc disease.

Measures May Prevent Common Complications of Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers highlighted early measures that may prevent acute complications of spinal cord injury, including maintaining adequate mean arterial pressure goals and treating autonomic dysreflexia, neurogenic, and spinal shock.

What Biopsychosocial Factors Increase Back Pain Risk?

Identifying people who are at the highest risk of developing back pain may open doors to research into targeted prevention strategies.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Study, Skeletal Maturity and Surgical Considerations

An evaluation of differences in operative data and outcomes between patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis vs those with adult idiopathic scoliosis.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Skeletal Maturity, Surgery—Discussion, Conclusion

Surgical correction of the skeletally mature adolescent often evokes fear among family members to the possibility of complications.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Skeletal Maturity, Surgery—Study Statistical Analysis

The statistical analysis related to Surgery for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Patients After Skeletal Maturity: Now or Later? presented during the annual meeting of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons is featured.

Modified Frailty Index Score Helps Stratify High-Surgical Risk Patients Undergoing ALIF

High score on a modified Frailty Index was an independent predictor of any complication and pulmonary complication in patients undergoing anterior lumbar interbody fusion.

Checklist Aims to Improve Flow, Reduce Risks During Minimally Invasive Lateral Interbody Fusion (MIS-LIF)

Researchers from the University of South Florida have developed a systematic approach to preoperative assessment and surgical technique.

Comparing Surgical Costs for Adult Spinal Deformity: Posterior-Only Versus Combination Anterior-Posterior

Researchers compared a posterior-only approach to a combination surgical anterior-posterior technique to determine which was most cost effective.

Spinal Cord Stimulation’s Place in the Pain Treatment Continuum and Advancements in Technology

The treatment paradigm for chronic pain is shifting, and spine surgeons should consider treatment with spinal cord stimulation earlier in the chronic pain treatment continuum.

Integrating Spinal Cord Stimulation into Surgical Practice

During the 31st Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society, Dr. F. Todd Wetzel discussed use of spinal cord stimulation in the context of failed back surgery syndrome.

Adding Value to the Conservative Management of Degenerative Disc

Physicians who incorporate the biopsychosocial model can add value to the management and treatment of patients who have degenerative disc disease.

Arthritis, Painkillers and Heart Health

Ten-year trial with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis patients had surprising findings about celecoxib, naproxen and ibuprofen.

Do Multilevel Posterior Cervical Fusions Extended to T1 Reduce Revision Surgery Risk?

While extending cervical fusions into the thoracic spine is common practice, it remains a topic of ongoing debate.

Rates of Surgery for Spinal Deformity Increased Among Older Adults

The investigators used 2004-2011 data from the NIS to identify adults who underwent spinal fusion of 8 or more levels.
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