Spine Surgery Today


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

Table of Contents

Failed back surgery syndrome rates are likely to increase in the future

John C Liu, MD

Even subclinical depressive symptoms can negatively affect LSS surgery outcomes

Disparity seen in spine care delivery for patients with private vs. public insurance

Study: Motion preservation at two cervical levels may make more sense than ACDF

Laminectomy with fusion found more cost effective than laminectomy alone

Specialty organizations revise 2001 document to set definitions in spine field

Surgeon shares lessons from surgical experience in Iraq, Afghanistan conflicts

Pre-existing lumbar spine pathology can lower an athlete's NFL draft chances

Operative management of symptomatic adult spinal deformity may provide best outcomes

Approach matters: How the type of spine surgery impacts code selection

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

Biomarker profiles can differ in patients with low back pain who opt for surgery

Race can impact hospital length of stay after elective spine surgery

5 Questions with Spine Surgery Today

A conversation with Baron S. Lonner, MD

Cover Story

Experts discuss poor alignment as cause of failed back surgery syndrome, which treatments work

FDA Pipeline

FDA Pipeline

Health Care Legislative and Regulatory Update

Reducing the burden of Medicare's physician quality-reporting system

In the Journals

Litigation claims more common after spine surgery than cranial surgery

Spinal cord stimulation may improve complete spinal cord injury outcomes

Study: Football helmet brand had no effect on rate of sports-related concussion

Unilateral, bilateral kyphoplasty comparable for osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures

Industry News

Bacterin releases new products for spinal procedures

Baxano Surgical files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Interventional Spine announces FDA clearance of new fusion device

Spine Wave adds Mashburn to executive management team

Centinel Spine introduces new lumbar integrated interbody system

DePuy Synthes receives FDA clearance for thoracic insufficiency syndrome treatment

Titan Spine receives FDA clearance for new surface technology

Benvenue Medical receives FDA clearance for new fusion device

Meeting News Coverage

Prevalence of abnormal MRI findings of cervical spine increased with age

Smoking can be risk factor for dysphagia after anterior cervical spine surgery

High-intensity progressive resistance exercise improves lumbar extensor strength, endurance

Study: Regional differences seen for CSM surgery despite procedure’s effectiveness

Patients with ASD treated operatively saw pain, disability improvements

Surgeon foresees role for titanium, 3-D printing in lumbar lateral access surgery

Surgeon sees minimally invasive spine surgery as way to mitigate postoperative pain

Treatment of cervical spine deformities may depend on several factors

Vertebral artery anomalies can exist in patients without cervical abnormalities

Spinal cord rotation may help predict patients at risk for C5 palsy

Spine health market likely to grow in the future

Use of abnormal lumbar disc herniation definitions had high level of validation evidence

NASS launches North American Spine Foundation

Athletic activity did not increase early disc degeneration or herniation risk in adolescents

Most California trauma centers follow standardized cervical spine clearance protocols

Findings support safety of ACDF performed in an outpatient ambulatory setting

Most athletes with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis return to same level of sport after surgery

Younger age may be a predictor of loss to long-term follow-up

Oblique fast spin-echo T1 MRI improved diagnostic accuracy of lumbar foraminal stenosis

Integra LifeSciences launches new orthobiologic implant

Acute post-fusion pain may be helped with transcranial direct current stimulation

Disc herniations in NFL players occur at higher spine levels, may not affect RTP

Age and smoking status linked with patient satisfaction scores after spinal care

Movers and Shakers

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia appoints John M. Flynn as chief of orthopedic surgery

Neurosurgeon, former AANS board member loses Senate bid

Practice Management

Prepare now for 2015 federal tax changes and review annual inflation adjustments

Kenneth W. Rudzinski, CFP, CRPC, CLU, ChFC, CASL, CAP