News and Research for Spine Professionals

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.

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.

What’s a More Cost Effective Treatment for Cervical Radiculopathy: Epidural Injections or Surgery?

Results of a study comparing the cost effectiveness of epidural injections to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in the treatment of cervical radiculopathy.

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.

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.

MIS for the Spine Improves Deformity with Fewer Intraoperative Complications and Lower Costs

Minimally invasive spine surgery improved deformity and is associated with fewer intraoperative complications and lower costs.

Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain: What Conditions and Which Patients?

Spinal cord stimulation is an ideal tool for the right patient, with proper patient selection being key to successful implementation.

Is Lumbar Disc Replacement a Valuable Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease?

The FDA approved total disc replacement as a treatment for lumbar degenerative disc disease. But how valuable is TDR compared to more established or traditional procedures?

Standalone Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion Is Effective for Spinal Stenosis

The authors believe that standalone LLIF is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional anterior or posterior approaches in carefully selected patients.

Decompression Surgery Indirectly Improves Glycemic Control in Patients with Diabetes and Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

This is the first study to show the effects of lumbar stenosis surgery on Diabetes Mellitus.

Simple Tests for Lumbar Spondylolisthesis and Instability Show Efficacy

Despite the frequent occurrence of sponylolisthesis and lumbar instability in the United States, few physical examination findings have shown accuracy in detecting this condition.

Research Uncovers Mechanism of the BMP-2 Related Complications and Previously Unknown Source of Pluripotent Stem Cells

This study investigated how to make spine surgeries involving use of BMP-2 safer, so that potential nerve-related complications of BMP-2 can be avoided.

Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Pathophysiology and Biological Mechanisms

Information on the pathophysiology and biologic mechanisms of cervical spondylotic myelopathy—a common degenerative disease that results from spinal cord compression.

Researchers Examine Optimal Vitamin D Dose for Osteoporosis

“Does a daily dose of 6,500 IU of vitamin D3 improve bone mineral density in the hip and spine when compared to a daily dose of 800 IU?”

Perspective on Training Future Spine Surgeons

A new residency pathway focused specifically on training future spine surgeons should be developed to meet the changing needs of modern spine surgery practice.
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