News and Research for Spine Professionals

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.

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.

Arthritis, Painkillers and Heart Health

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

Porous PEEK Fusion Device Shows High Strength and Facilitates Bone Ingrowth

J. Kenneth Burkus, MD noted that a complication of standard PEEK-based implants relates to poor integration with the surrounding bone, producing a “PEEK-halo” effect.

SI Joint Fusion Linked to Fewer Revision Surgeries Versus SI Joint Fixation

When a spine surgeon switched from SI joint fixation with screws to SI joint fusion using the iFuse Implant System® (SI-BONE, Inc), he found that fewer patients returned with continued SI joint pain and needing surgical revision.

Dreal High-Speed Shielded Curved Device May Speed Spinal Decompression and Preserve Vital Spinal Structures

The case series by Bernard et al involved 10 patients with cervical stenosis who underwent anterior cervical discectomy and fusion or cervical disc arthroplasty.

Intracept Intraosseous Nerve Ablation System Reduces Pain and Disability in Chronic Axial Low Back Pain

Ablation of the intraosseous basivertebral nerve (BNV) is a recent FDA-approved treatment for axial chronic low back pain that does not respond to conservative care.

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—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.

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.

Risk Stratification Approach to Spinal Surgical Management

Risk stratification is important in empowering informed choice regarding surgery, and in determining the appropriateness of surgical management in spinal deformity.

Predictive Models in Risk Stratification Approach to Spinal Surgical Management

This article is a continuation of "Risk Stratification Approach to Spinal Surgical Management" presented by Sigurd H. Berven, MD.

Multimodal Pain Management Approaches in Neurosurgery

Neuromodulators and preemptive analgesia were presented by Sharad Rajpal, MD, during Spine Summit, the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves.

Can Opioids Still Be Prescribed Effectively and Safely in the Era of Federal Scrutiny?

A summary of "Opioid Use in an Era of Federal Scrutiny," presented by Carl W. Stopper, APN-C, during Spine Summit 2017.

Trends in Surgical Procedures Performed in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Ambulatory surgery centers appear well-positioned to thrive in the continuing evolving health care industry, with industry experts forecasting strong industry growth in 2017.

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