News and Research for Spine Professionals

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.

Transsacral Fixation Is Linked to High Fusion Rate and Improved Quality of Life in Adult Scoliosis

Use of minimally invasive transsacral fixation resulted in fusion in nearly 90% of adults with scoliosis as well as improved health-related quality of life and a relatively low complication rate.

SI Joint Fusion Shows High Success Rate Regardless of Level of Response to SI Joint Block

Patients who underwent sacroiliac joint fusion using the iFuse Implant System showed a high success rate regardless of their level of response to diagnostic SI joint block.

Insurance Status Linked to Quality of Care During Hospitalization for Primary Spinal Neoplasms

Insurance status was a significant predictor of experiencing adverse quality events during hospitalizations for primary spinal neoplasms in a recent retrospective cohort study.

Adding Lateral Interbody Fusion to Open Surgery Improves Outcomes in Adult Spinal Deformity

Surgical correction of mild-to-moderate spinal deformity and sagittal imbalance is complex and often plagued by relatively high complication rates.

Addition of a Plasma-Sprayed Titanium Coated PEEK Interbody Implant to Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Shows High Success Rate

The study involved 44 patients (48% male, mean age, 53 years) who received a PTC PEEK implant during single or multi-level anterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure.

Yoga May Improve Functioning in Patients With Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain

Yoga may improve back-related function in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain, according to a review of 12 randomized controlled studies.

Patients Markedly Underestimate Radiation Exposure From Spinal Imaging

The radiation dose of computed tomography (CT) scans, and more than three-fourths of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was substantially underestimated by patients.

Marked Variability in Diagnostic Interpretation of Lumbar Spine MRI Found

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of a single patient’s lumbar spine at 10 different MRI centers showed marked variability in reported interpretive findings and a high prevalence of interpretive errors.

Surgery for Adult Spinal Deformity Improves Gait Patterns, but Limitations Remain

Surgical correction of adult spinal deformity was linked to improvements in gait patterns, but patients still show...

Measures May Prevent Common Complications of Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers highlighted early measures that may prevent acute complications of spinal cord injury.

Research Shows BMP Use in Pediatric Fusion Does Not Improve Revision Rates

First study to provide 10-year utilization and outcome data for rhBMP use in pediatric patients who underwent spinal arthrodesis. Jeffrey Wang, MD provides insightful commentary.

NASS Releases Coverage Policy Recommendations on Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems

The North American Spine Society released coverage policy recommendations on spinal intrathecal drug delivery systems for the treatment of nonmalignant pain and spasticity.

Epidural Steroid Injection Before Spine Surgery Linked to Postoperative Infection

The timing of lumbar epidural steroid injection (LESI) treatment before spinal fusion surgery may be an important risk factor for postoperative infection.
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