North American Spine Society Meeting news for Medical Professionals

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.

Allogenic Blood Transfusions and Survival Following Surgery for Spinal Metastases

Researchers suggest that more liberal transfusion policies might be warranted for patients undergoing surgery for spinal metastasis.

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

Patients with myelopathy or cervical radiculopathy may require surgical decompression that includes restoration of disc space and foraminal height.

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.

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

New and prospective treatments for vertebral compression fractures.

Defining Spondylosis Beyond Age-related Spinal Degeneration

Seeking to develop a definition of spondylolosis instead of classifying it as one of "many degenerative spine diseases".

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

Nonoperative treatment included: Physical therapy and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Do Spinal Injections in the Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease offer Value?

The 2015 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Assessment, although highly rigorous, may not be truly reflective of the entire evidence base regarding injections.

Epidural Anesthesia via Catheter in Spine Surgery Effectively Reduces Postoperative Pain

The patient is comfortable and the injection allows for routine neurologic examinations. Many physicians are adopting this new technique.

How Do Patients Choose a Spine Surgeon?

Many factors were evaluated and patients designated their preferences regarding six surgeon characteristics, including age, subspecialty, location, and appointment availability.

Impact of Preoperative Fibrinogen Testing on Blood Loss in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery

During large procedures, as bleeding continues, fibrinogen is one of the first factors consumed, and when depleted, excessive bleeding may occur.

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.

Is Lumbar Disc Replacement a Valuable Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease?

The FDA approved total disc replacement as a treatment for lumbar degenerative disc disease. But how valuable is TDR compared to more established or traditional procedures?

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.

MIS for the Spine Improves Deformity with Fewer Intraoperative Complications and Lower Costs

Minimally invasive spine surgery improved deformity and is associated with fewer intraoperative complications and lower costs.

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.

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).

Patient Satisfaction Following Spine Surgery is Not Associated with Greater Opioid Use

“The take-home message from this study is that, certainly, communication of pain and the patient’s experience of pain are...

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

The authors indicated this is largest non-sponsored, single-center study of cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA).
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