Spine Surgery Today


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

Table of Contents

To cement or not to cement: That is the question

Scott D Boden, MD

Study shows iodine-supported instruments helped reduce spinal SSI risk

Debaters address effectiveness claims for lateral transpsoas spine fusion

Hospital of Tomorrow Forum: Speaker calls for ‘fundamental transformation’ in health care

Study: Fibronectin-aggrecan complex may predict lumbar steroid injection results

Presenter tells physician employers to expect ACA to impact insurance costs

Cost effectiveness study: CTDR QALYs are lower than accepted thresholds

Debate explores open vs MIS treatment for lytic spondylolisthesis and stenosis

Researchers find spine fusion is a realistic option for HIV-positive patients

Study: More evidence needed for CT-guided transforaminal steroid injections

Depression correlated with worse ODI scores after lumbar surgery: N2QOD study

Device dilemma: How to code new technology in spine surgery

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

Surgical treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis requires focus on sagittal plane

5 Questions with Spine Surgery Today

A conversation with Anthony L. Asher, MD, FACS, FAANS

Cover Story

Surgeons remain divided on how to treat vertebral compression fractures

FDA Pipeline

FDA Pipeline November/December 2014

Health Care Legislative and Regulatory Update

Persistent technical issues heighten concern over Sunshine’s data accuracy

In the Journals

VOMS test shows promise for concussion evaluation

Direct screw repair of pars interarticularis offers satisfactory outcomes in adolescents

Hospital charges on the rise for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis fusion

Topical vancomycin powder safe for use in pediatric spinal deformity surgery

VEPTR treatment only temporarily increases forced vital capacity

New regression model not an accurate estimate of EQ-5D scores

Arab adults share similar coccyx traits with individuals of other ethnicities

Industry News

First patients treated in lumbar spinal stenosis trial

K2M receives 510(k) clearance, CE mark for MESA Hooks

Boston Scientific receives FDA approval for contact leads for spinal cord stimulator

Titan Spine announces guarantee for spinal interbody fusion devices

Medtronic announces new balloon kyphoplasty products

Amedica announces second-generation interbody fusion device

Meeting News Coverage

Speaker: Replace flawed reimbursement system with universal health care, private care access

Database models expected outcomes for specific patient populations

Reoperation rate of 2.4% per year seen for adjacent segment pathology after anterior cervical arthrodesis

Patients with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy, scoliosis may see benefits from one-rod correction

Speaker: Perform post-resection follow-up of primary spinal osteochondroma

Type of bone grafting material for TLIF had little effect on fusion rates

Age, ODI can predict EQ-5D scores after lumbar laminectomy, fusion

Speakers debate treatment methods for cervical myelopathy

Return to play after concussion differs for each athlete

Study: Smoking has impact on success of spinal cord stimulation

Open TLIF associated with longer hospital stay, higher rates of ASD at 5 years

Early decompression an option for some patients with severe central cord injuries

Link observed between diabetes, new cervical deformity after ASD surgery

Endoscopic discectomy may mitigate need for preoperative antibiotics

Fluoroscopy navigation method improved control of lumbar pedicle screw placement

Higher ASA grade, blood loss associated with major complications in ASD surgery

Medial branch blocks may help reduce remnant pain after vertebroplasty

Debate highlights consequences of fusions for ADS stopped at L5 vs S1

Speaker: Numerous improvements needed in patient-transfer process

Departments, residency programs take steps to create, support neurosurgery leaders

Movers and Shakers

Two VA scientists awarded for work on spinal cord injuries

Practice Management

Follow a checklist to help decide what to do with estate life insurance

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