News and Research for Spine Professionals

Geographic Variations in Outcomes of Decompression Surgery for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy

New findings show regional differences in demographics, causation, and surgical approaches for patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy, but similar efficacy worldwide.

Low Risk of Adjacent Segment Degeneration Found Following Lumbar Total Disc Replacement

“These findings finally verify the holy grail for those of us who have dedicated decades to disc replacement. We now have substantiated proof that this is correct,” stated Richard D. Guyer, MD.

Volume-Outcome Benchmarks in Lumbar Spine Surgery

Volume-based benchmarks study for common lumbar spine surgeries received “The Spine Journal” Outstanding Paper: Value in Spine Care awarded at the North American Spine Society 2017 Annual Meeting.

Casting for Treatment of Early-Onset Scoliosis—Practice Pearls

Key points from the Scoliosis Research Society’s webinar on casting in treatment of early-onset scoliosis features commentary by faculty members.

How to Give Advice on Management of Low Back Pain

How do clinical trials that test advice for acute low back pain compare with practice guidelines in terms of content, method of delivery, and treatment regimens?

Volume Benchmarks for Common Lumbar Spine Surgeries Defined in Recent Study

Volume benchmarks for common lumbar spine surgeries were defined in a retrospective review published online ahead of print in The Spine Journal.

Smoking Linked to Greater Blood Loss and Need for Transfusions in Spinal Surgery

Smoking is significantly associated with increased surgical blood loss and perioperative transfusions among patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery, according to a retrospective study,

Mesenchymal Stem Cell Allograft and ACDF Study Outcomes

Patients who received mesenchymal stem cell allografts during anterior cervical discectomy and fusion had lower fusion rates compared with a matched cohort of patients who received standard allografts.

At What Surgical Cost Does Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Become Less Cost-Effective Than Posterolateral Fusion for Spondylolisthesis?

Study outcomes in JNS Spine suggest the cost of TLIF per QALYs vs PSF in the treatment of spondylolisthesis depends on factors, including the accuracy of cost assumptions.

Mount Sinai Offers Onsite 3D Printing Services for Spine Clinicians and Researchers

Use of 3D printing in this case actually led to a change in the way the surgery was performed. “It was one of those sort of aha moments where we realized the potential power of 3D modeling used intra-operatively."

Spine Biomechanics Laboratory Quantitates Functional Outcomes After Spine Surgery

The Spinal Biomechanics Laboratory is the first spine-related human movement biomechanics lab to be incorporated within a private practice spine center in the United States.

Osteoporosis Drug Significantly Reduced Fractures Compared to Traditional Treatment

Unlike previous romosozumab studies, this study showed the drug’s benefits beyond vertebral fractures, but cardiovascular risk puts FDA approval on hold.

Smokers With Cervical Disc Disease Have Increased Spine Surgery Rates

Are stronger pre-surgical smoking cessation programs needed? Zorica Buser, PhD, and Jeffrey C. Wang, MD, comment on the study findings.

Are Magnetically Controlled Growing Rods a Game Changer for Early-Onset Scoliosis?

The debate between magnetically controlled growing rods vs traditional growing rods continued at the Scoliosis Research Society's annual meeting.

Liberal Transfusions Linked to Increased Morbidity Following Spine Surgery

The impact of more liberal use of transfusions on patient outcomes in spine surgery was not investigated prior to this study.
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