News and Research for Spine Professionals

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

The last 20 years have seen an explosion in the use of metal or hard plastic instruments to assess and treat soft-tissue injuries, such as in IASTM.

iMAS Technique Combines Open and Minimally Invasive Approaches for Treatment of Degenerative Spine Disorders

The intervertebral micro access surgery (iMAS) technique for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion offers a novel approach for treatment of select degenerative lumbar disease processes. Learn more about this approach.

What Spine Specialists Need to Know About MACRA

MACRA was written to measure quality improvements in patient outcomes. Unfortunately, many of the measures proposed do not apply to specialists.

Use of Trinity Evolution Bone Matrix Shows High Success Rate in Single-Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

Seventy-five percent of the study participants were current or former smokers, diabetic, overweight, obese or extremely obese and considered to be at high risk for bone growth failure.

Elderly Show Marked Increase in Rate of Surgery for Multilevel Spinal Curvature

Rates of surgery to correct multilevel spinal curvature in adults ages 60 and older increased by 108% between 2004 and 2011, exceeding the expected growth given the aging population.

Vertebroplasty Reduces Acute Pain Following Osteoporotic Vertebral Fractures in VAPOUR Study

The VAPOUR study included 120 patients with one or two osteoporotic vertebral fractures of less than 6 weeks’ duration and back pain of ≥7 out of 10 on the Numeric Rating Scale.

Checklist Aims to Improve Flow, Reduce Risks During Minimally Invasive Lateral Interbody Fusion (MIS-LIF)

Researchers from the University of South Florida have developed a systematic approach to preoperative assessment and surgical technique.

Is Surgery for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy Cost Effective?

Data gathered may help guide clinical decision making and policy decisions regarding healthcare resource allocations used for treatment of degenerative cervical myelopathy.

Rates of Surgery for Spinal Deformity Increased Among Older Adults

The investigators used 2004-2011 data from the NIS to identify adults who underwent spinal fusion of 8 or more levels.

Do Multilevel Posterior Cervical Fusions Extended to T1 Reduce Revision Surgery Risk?

While extending cervical fusions into the thoracic spine is common practice, it remains a topic of ongoing debate.

Elderly Women Report Worse Outcomes than Men Following Lumbar Discectomy, but Similar Satisfaction Rate

A review of the Swedish registry for spine surgery that looked at gender differences in over 1,000 elderly patients (age >65 years) who had a lumbar discectomy.

ISASS Recommends Lumbar Decompression with Interlaminar Stabilization in Select Patients with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) released a Policy Statement covering interlaminar stabilization in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis.

Laminectomy Plus Fusion and Laminoplasty Show Equivalent Efficacy in the Treatment of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy

When deciding between laminectomy and fusion versus laminoplasty for an individual case, certain patient factors should be considered.

InFill Lumbar Fusion Systems Increase Bone Graft Volume Over Standard Prepacked Cages in Lumbar Interbody Fusion

The InFill Graft Delivery System can be used to “bulk up” a prepacked implant, or for a complete fill of the implant and disc space in-situ to maximize contact with the vertebral endplates.

Higher Than Expected Rate of Reoperation Found Following Final Fusion in Early-Onset Scoliosis

Twenty percent of children with early-onset scoliosis who underwent growing-rod surgery required reoperation following final fusion. The higher than expected rate of reoperation has important implications for patient counseling.
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