News and Research for Spine Professionals

Porous PEEK May Have Better Impact Durability Over Titanium-Coated Device

Simulated cervical impaction testing showed fundamental differences in the response of porous versus titanium-coated PEEK devices, according to a recent study. Peer commentary by Khoi Than, MD.

Do Spinal Injections in the Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease offer Value?

The 2015 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Assessment, although highly rigorous, may not be truly reflective of the entire evidence base regarding injections.

Quantitative MRI Shows High Sensitivity in Detecting Progression in Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy

Study compares methods to monitor for myelopathic progression in cases of degenerative cervical myelopathy, and provides a decision-making algorithm.

Can a Diet High in Processed Fat and Sugar Cause Disc Degeneration?

The role of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) and type 2 diabetes in the development of degenerative disc disease is the topic of this study.

Synthetic Ceramic Bone Graft Substitutes

Brian Kwon, MD discussed what makes a synthetic bone graft substitute ideal during the North American Spine Foundation's biologics in spine care course.

Cervical Total Disc Replacement With Mobi-C Is a Safe and Effective Alternative to Cervical Fusion, Long-Term Study Shows

“It is important for surgeons, non-surgeons, and patients to know that there is an alternative to cervical fusion with results that are at least as good and with lower rates of degeneration...

Criteria for Fusion After Spinal Cord Tumor Surgery Described in Review Article

A recent literature review identified seven criteria for instrumented fusion after spinal cord tumor resection in adults. Overall, 8% of adults with spinal cord tumor surgery required fusion.

Opioid Prescribing: The Hospitalist Perspective, A Qualitative Analysis

A study published recently in the Journal of Hospital Medicine reveals some surprising factors that influence hospitalists' attitudes toward opioid prescribing during hospitalization and at discharge.

Greater BMI Linked to Risk for Revision Procedures Following Lumbar Discectomy

Surgeons should consider a patient’s bone mass index (BMI) when evaluating them for lumbar surgery, due to the fact that "increased BMI is associated with increased risk of revision surgery, especially in the morbidly obese.

Physician Burnout and Professional Dissatisfaction Linked to Electronic Health Records and Computerized Physician Order Entry

Use of electronic health records (EHRs) and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) may lead to lower physician satisfaction and higher rates of professional burnout.

Preoperative MRSA Screening May Reduce Surgical Site Infections

Preoperative nasal swab MRSA screening may be helpful in reducing surgical site infections when used within a multimodal approach. This is according to a recent study published in Spine Deformity.

Comorbidity Burden Associated With Poor Outcomes in Atlantoaxial Fusion

Age and comorbidity burden are associated with higher rates of postsurgical mortality and longer lengths of in-hospital stay after atlantoaxial fusion, according to findings from a large retrospective study.

Changes in the Care of Head and Neck Injuries in Helmeted Student Athletes

The care of helmeted student athletes following a concussion and possible spine injury has changed over the past decade with new research and revised protocols included in this evolution.

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.

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.
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