News and Research for Spine Professionals

NICE Guidance Supports Use of Minimally Invasive SI Joint Fusion for Chronic Sacroiliac Pain

The guidance is based on a review of effectiveness and safety data from clinical trials of minimally invasive SI joint fusion, and the only product used in the evaluation with an FDA clearance for SI joint fusion was iFuse.

Benefits of Walking Sticks in Patients with Adult Degenerative Scoliosis

This study evaluated spatiotemporal relationships and kinematics of the lower extremities and spine during gait with walking sticks compared with a walker in 20 patients with scoliosis.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Are There Advantages of Surgical Correction During Adolescence?

Isador Lieberman, MD presented results of a retrospective study comparing the surgical outcome of idiopathic scoliosis patients who underwent corrective surgery as young adults with those who had surgery during adolescence.

3D-Printed PEEK Implants in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

Early results from a study using patient-specific 3D-printed PEEK implants in the surgical treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy.

Bundled Payments in Spine Surgery: Lessons Learned

While a majority of stakeholder groups are embracing the concept of bundles, physicians are not equally sold on the idea.

Factors Affecting Medicare Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) Reimbursement for Minimally Invasive Deformity Spine Surgery

The study investigates the effect of Medicare DRG on reimbursement based on length of stay and medical comorbidity in MIS deformity surgery.

Navigating Health Insurance Coverage for Minimally Invasive SI Joint Surgery

Patients who underwent minimally invasive SI joint fusion with the iFuse Implant™ were 11 times less likely to be opioid users at their last visit.

Spine Surgery “Hype”? Robotics, Biologics, Navigation, Lasers

“Don’t Believe the Hype” was one of the popular symposiums held during the 17th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS).

Why Perform Spinal Injections at All? Evidence is Weak

The audience discussion included the question, "If the patient is not a surgical candidate, would you and do you send that patient for pain management?"

Patient Risk for Recurrent Herniation and Readmission by Annular Defect Size

Study results indicate intra-operative identification of annular defect size may allow spine surgeons to risk-stratify patients for recurrent disc herniation.

Expandable Technology in Minimally Invasive TLIF

Findings from a prospective longitudinal study involving 25 patients who underwent MIS TLIF with an in situ expandable interbody device.

ISASS17 Spine Surgery Program Meeting Highlights

Meeting highlights from the 17th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS17).

Depression Rates After Spine Surgery

Results from a large study evaluating risk for post-operative depression after spinal surgery suggest that psychosocial effects of major surgery on patients cannot be overstated.

Opioids for Chronic Pain: Putting Evidence Into Perspective

Excessive concerns over opioid abuse and safety may cause reluctance among physicians to prescribe these agents for chronic pain, or prescribe even small amounts for severe acute pain.

Surgery Shows Measurable Benefits for Patients with Adult Spinal Deformity

This study is among the 10 winners of CNS’ inaugural Paper of the Year awards, which honor the best-in-class papers published in Neurosurgery.
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