Spine Surgery Today


The following articles appeared in the print edition of SPINE SURGERY TODAY.

Table of Contents

Apply ThinkFirst approach to education research in sportsrelated injuries

FDA clears Vertera Spine porous surface fusion device

Fewer VTEs seen in elective spine surgeries with use of chemical prophylaxis

Spinal Elements receives expanded indications for LOTUS spine system

New wound closure technique may decrease infection after scoliosis surgery

Precision Spine receives FDA approval for pedicle screw systems

NASS releases new coverage policy recommendations eBook

Psych assessment aids in selection of patients who will benefit from chronic pain surgery, SCS

Mazor Robotics expands senior management team

Zyga Technology receives clearance for joint fusion system

Study shows S2 alar iliac screws led to high L5-S1 fusion, low partial perilucency rates

Total, noneconomic caps one way to prevent next medical malpractice crisis

Adequate endplate coverage by cervical disc prosthesis may reduce risk of HO

Combined arthrodesis may not enhance degenerative spondylolisthesis fusion rate

Stryker introduces non-invasive spine navigation system for minimally invasive spine surgery

5 Questions

A conversation with Serena S. Hu, MD

Cover Story

Sports-related spine injuries, spine surgery do not always end sports participation

Health Care Legislative and Regulatory Update

CMS proposes sweeping changes for Medicare lab payments: What physicians need to know

In the Journals

Clinical decision rule created to stratify low back pain patients for chronic pain

Industry News

Xtant Medical receives FDA clearance for Aranax cervical plate

Amendia acquires the business of Custom Spine

Meeting News Coverage

Price transparency program helped UCSF surgeons cut case costs

Preserving the posterior ligament complex in lumbar surgery may mitigate adjacent segment disease

Pro athletes may safely return to competition after lumbar microdiscectomy

Rapid pulmonary function decline not always seen in adults with increased scoliosis deterioration

Preoperative narcotic use associated with reduced postoperative quality of life

Partnerships between surgeons and hospitals can reduce medical fees

Outpatient ambulatory centers can reduce costs and maintain quality

Patients who undergo revision cervical spine surgery report fewer fulfilled expectations

Patients taking opioids for lumbar pain have differing surgical expectations

Spine Society of Europe reports increases in membership, abstract submissions

Some cervical kyphosis may be necessary for patients to maintain horizontal gaze

Temporary short segment fixation helped reduce fractured vertebra

Surgery for adult spinal deformity results in a significant increase of quality adjusted life years

Smokers report more neck pain, less satisfaction after cervical spine surgery than non-smokers

Return to work prolonged with arthrodesis vs revision discectomy for recurrent disc herniation

Repeat fusion may increase rates of adjacent segment disease needing revision

Sacroiliac joint fusion likely more effective than nonsurgical management

Revision surgery for proximal junctional failure can be costly

Operative treatment of adult spinal deformity improves health-related quality of life

Pilot study: Imprint cytology rapidly delivers vertebral lesion diagnosis

Bracing, posterior fusion result in improved HRQOL in patients with AIS

Increasing imaging rates driving up failed back surgery syndrome treatment costs

High early complication rates may be associated with adult cervical deformity surgery

Condoliase may prove effective in treating lumbar disc herniations

Clinical improvements seen through 7 years after cervical disc replacement with low-profile device

Gelatine matrix with human thrombin reduced blood loss in posterior AIS surgery

NSAIDs can help manage spine pain postoperatively without opioids

Number of cages used in spinal deformity surgery associated with clinical benefits

Muraszko receives CNS Distinguished Service Award

Carson: Health care must be streamlined

Movers and Shakers

John Jane, past chairman of University of Virginia School of Medicine, passes

Spine Coding

Spine procedures require detailed coding under ICD-10-CM

Kim Pollock, RN MBA CPC CMDP; Teri Romano, RN MBA CPC CMDP

Worth Building

Considerations for switching a traditional 401(k) to a Roth 401(k)

Kenneth W Rudzinski, CFP CLU ChFC CRPC CASL CAP

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