News and Research for Spine Professionals

Polypharmacy Increased in Adults NHANES Survey Reports

Notably, several of the top 10 most commonly used drugs in 2011-2012 were medications used to treat factors associated with the cardiometabolic syndrome—including hypertension, diabetes, and dyslipidemia—or obesity.

Few Differences in Complication Rates Found Among Various Lumbar Microdiscectomy Techniques

A meta-analysis of complication rates from lumbar open microdiscectomy, microendoscopic discectomy (MED), and percutaneous microdiscectomy show few differences between the various techniques.

Many Patients Lack Understanding of Spine Surgery Reimbursement

Patients who undergo spine surgery often overestimate the amount of reimbursement their surgeons receive for the procedures, according to a recent study in the The Spine Journal.

SpineUniverse Spine Surgeon Survey Results

In an effort to better understand challenges spine surgeons face, SpineUniverse developed several viewpoint questions.

Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease Linked to Suboptimal Quality of Life Benefit After Lumbar Decompression

Patients with diabetes and chronic kidney disease do not experience expected improvements in quality of life following lumbar decompression in the treatment of lumbar degenerative disease.

Metastatic Epidural Spinal Cord Compression and Decompression Surgery Multicenter Study Results

Symptomatic metastatic epidural spinal cord compression (MESCC) is among the most debilitating complications of metastatic spine cancer.

Early Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain Shows Modest Benefits

Low back pain is common among many Americans, and even as health care spending increases, so does the prevalence of poor outcomes associated with it.

Findings Support Safety of Outpatient Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) can safely be performed in the outpatient setting.

Interspinous Spacer Relieves Painful Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Study Shows

The FDA-approved Superion interspinous spacer provided similar relief from symptoms of neurogenic claudication when compared to historical data from studies of decompressive laminectomy in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis.

3D Printing With Synthetic Scaffolds

Researchers in China have used the concept of 3D printing for biomedical purposes, specifically fabrication of an artificial vertebral body.

Transpoas Approach to Lumbar Corpectomy Shows High Rate of Patient Satisfaction and Functional Outcomes

Patients with unstable burst fractures treated with anterior lumbar corpectomy and cage placement using a transpsoas approach and short-segment posterior instrumentation showed high rates of satisfaction with outcomes.

Early Surgical Decompression Improves Outcomes From Spinal Cord Injuries

Early decompression should be considered as a treatment option for adults with traumatic spinal cord injuries, particularly in people with severe injury.

Adjacent Level Disease: Can Cervical Arthroplasty Decrease the Risk?

At 7 years, patients treated with a single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion have three times the risk of needing surgery for adjacent segment disease compared to patients treated with total disc replacement.

The Changing Face of Spinal Cord Injury Trials

From studies on neuroprotective approaches to novel biologics, new discoveries are anticipated to translate into breakthroughs in this field.
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