Spine Surgery Today


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

Table of Contents

Learn a lesson from aviation: Take a surgical time-out

John C. Liu, MD

Discrepancies seen in surgeon and discharge codes for lumbar spine fusions

Reduced neurosurgical resident hours have not positively affected patient outcomes

Decompression for ASD with and without fusion achieves same reduction in pain

New guidelines unveiled for fusions for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine

Cross-sectional imaging study associates cervical disc degeneration with older age

New pediatric concussion guidelines released

FDA announces Class I recall of Medtronic neurosurgery product

NIH task force proposes new chronic back pain research standards

Patients with Chiari malformation without syringomyelia show less severe scoliosis curves

Rare mutations linked to severe scoliosis

Patients with rare sacral chordomas had 51% rate of localized tumor recurrence

Improved scores after 3-column osteotomies show procedure’s durability

Choosing Wisely list unveiled by neurosurgeons

Vanguard defines value of a financial advisor in new publication

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

A game day plan can reduce consequences of catastrophic spine injuries

AAN position statement: Physicians must educate, protect athletes from concussions

Study finds XLIF less invasive, with fewer complications for adult scoliosis patients

Study finds smartphone apps to be effective, accurate scoliosis screening tools

Cranial surgery less likely than spine surgery to result in litigation

NASS debuts new coverage policy recommendations

Study identifies regional differences and increases in IONM use in spine surgery

5 Questions with Spine Surgery Today

A conversation with Jeffrey C. Wang, MD

Cover Story

Many factors can lead to wrong-level spinal surgery, but most are preventable

Health Care Legislative and Regulatory Update

CMS proposes to share physician payment Sunshine Act data with federal agencies

In the Journals

Infection risk for titanium rib incisions affected by frequency of reopening

Real-time feedback reduces rate of malpositioned thoracic pedicle screws

Decompression without fusion for lumbar stenosis is cost effective

Flexion, compression leading cause of healthy disc herniation

New monitoring approach can help predict placement of pedicle screws

MRI findings not closely associated in study with LBP, radicular symptom outcomes

Rehab potentially more effective than standard care after lumbar spinal stenosis

Surgical fusion offers comparable outcomes in patients with, without spinal deformities

Review finds evidence lacking for insoles in treatment prevention of LBP

Industry News

Medline acquires Amendia’s anterior cervical fusion distraction pin business

Ulrich Medical USA releases new spinal implant

Medicare Administrative Contractor allows coverage of SI joint fusion

Medacta USA appoints Eric Dremel as new president

Zimmer launches new spinal fixation system

RTI Surgical launches Streamline OCT System

Spine stimulator from St. Jude Medical Inc. receives FDA approval

ulrich medical release titanium spine fusion implant for US market

Medtronic announces acquisition of Covidien

NuVasive announces change in leadership

Wenzel Spine appoints new surgeons to Scientific Advisory Board

Added sizes of Aurora Spine ZIP ULTRA and ZIP MIS Systems get FDA 510(k) clearance

Globus Medical launches new anterior lumbar interbody fusion device

FDA issues clearance for Picasso II

LDR announces follow-on offering pricing

Life Spine partners with China Pioneer Pharma Holdings

K2M Group Holdings closes its IPO

Meeting News Coverage

Extreme sports accounted for millions of injuries in past 11 years

Skiing, mountain biking have high risk for acute spine injury

Active recovery can help young athletes after concussion

Study identifies increased use and regional differences related to intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring

Increased helmet use in snow sports has not decreased fatalities