News and Research for Spine Professionals

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...

Romosozumab Reduces Risk for New Vertebral Fractures in Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis

Results of the FRAME study involved 7,180 postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who were randomized to a monthly subcutaneous injection with either 210-mg romosozumab or placebo for 12 months.

What’s a More Cost Effective Treatment for Cervical Radiculopathy: Epidural Injections or Surgery?

Results of a study comparing the cost effectiveness of epidural injections to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in the treatment of cervical radiculopathy.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain: What Conditions and Which Patients?

Spinal cord stimulation is an ideal tool for the right patient, with proper patient selection being key to successful implementation.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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