News and Research for Spine Professionals

Triclosan-Coated Sutures May Reduce the Risk of Surgical Site Infection After Spinal Surgery

Use of triclosan-coated sutures instead of non-coated sutures was associated with a significantly lower incidence of surgical site infections in patients undergoing spinal surgery.

Researchers Define Sets of Patient Experiences for Low Back Pain

Researchers have found that patients with low back pain typically follow distinct sets of patient experience.

Race Impacts Severity of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis and Likelihood of Surgery

"Hopefully, the findings of this study and other related investigations will lead to a better understanding among healthcare providers, in this case, scoliosis specialists".

Advice to Stay Active Markedly Increases Activity Level in Patients with Acute Severe Low Back Pain

All patients underwent extensive physical examination, X-ray, and magnetic resonance imaging to rule out disc herniation or spinal stenosis requiring surgery.

Nonidiopathic Scoliosis Surgical Wound Closure Technique Findings

Wound infections following posterior spinal fusion in the treatment of nonidiopathic scoliosis are linked to high morbidity and costs. New findings suggest that use of a plastic multilayered closure technique can lower the infection rate.

Pseudoathrosis Rates after ACDF Studied in Comprehensive Literature Review

The largest and most comprehensive literature review and meta-analysis of pseudoarthrosis rates after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) underscored significant variation in the definition of pseudoarthrosis.

First Case of Spontaneous Spinal Cord Herniation Resolution Reported

The first case of spontaneous resolution of spinal cord herniation was reported in the September issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery. Resolution occurred during an approximately 1-year period.

Two-level Corpectomy and Three-level Discectomy Show Similar Outcomes for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

Dr. Mummaneni and colleagues studied all patients who underwent 2-level anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion or 3-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in the treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy between 2006 and 2012.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Spinal Tumors Shows Low Complication Rate

No perioperative or postoperative complications were found among 9 consecutive patients who underwent robotic-assisted surgery for treatment of metastatic and primary spine tumors, according to study in the International Journal of Spine Surgery.

MRI Equipment, Protocols, and Radiologists’ Expertise May Create Variability in Imaging Quality

An examination of the variability in quality of magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) in the diagnosis of spine disorders.

Two-fold Increased Risk for Unsatisfactory Spine Surgery Outcome Found in Workers’ Compensation Patients

Patients with workers’ compensation have a 2-fold increased risk of an unsatisfactory outcome compared to patients without workers’ compensation after spine surgery.

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.

Recommendations for Avoiding Position-Related Complications During Lumbar Surgery

New findings from a systematic review and meta-analysis suggest ways to avoid potentially severe complications associated with intraoperative positioning.

Scoliosis Specific Exercise and Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

In adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis, the goal of scoliosis specific exercise (SSE) treatment is prevention or reduction of curve progression, respiratory dysfunction, spinal pain, and improved appearance through postural correction.

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.
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