Spine Surgery Today


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

Table of Contents

Minimally invasive surgery not always maximally beneficial to patients

Scott D. Boden, MD

FDA releases safety communication on bone graft substitutes

Patient age and type of trauma factor into mortality rates for TBI in children

Expandable facet joint device alleviated cervical spondylosis symptoms at 2 years

Prompt diagnosis and treatment can help pediatric patients survive traumatic AOD

Insertion and bone grafting coding questions answered

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

Long-term progression of childhood AIS curves of 35 to 50 degrees varies by individual

Anterior cervical plate fixation had positive effect on cervical discectomy outcomes

Keynote speaker: Early, accurate diagnoses should be incentivized

Knowing about tax scams may help avoid them

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

Study: No differences seen in ACDF safety or effectiveness based on surgical setting

ASD burden is large, warrants same global attention as diabetes, arthritis

Enhanced EMRs may support better treatments and translational research

SPORT 8-year lumbar stenosis outcomes differed from those at earlier follow-up

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

Speaker: Results support surgical intervention for disabling myelopathy

Spine stability, direct decompression play key roles in metastases management

5 Questions

A conversation with Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, FRSC

Cover Story

Minimally invasive spine surgery effective for many indications, but difficult to learn

In the Journals

Rate of US medical research investment drops

Surgery may be effective option for chronic SI joint pain

Preoperative MRI may not predict outcomes in patients with MS, CS

Navigated, non-navigated kyphoplasty appears to produce similar outcomes

Ideal culture condition for notochordal cells yet to be identified

Modified JOA can serve as cervical myelopathy functionality standard

Ultrasonic total uncinectomy may be effective for cervical nerve root decompression

En bloc resections can decrease local recurrence and mortality

Early surgery for CSEA offers improved motor scores vs. medical management

Industry News

Amendia acquires new product lines from Baxano Surgical

UPMC launches initiative to educate public on available concussion treatments

NASS updates diagnosis, treatment guidelines for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis

Titan issued FDA clearance to launch cervical fusion offering

Panel recommends FDA approve VertiFlex spinous spacer by 5-1 vote, 2 abstentions

Depuy Synthes Spine gets FDA clearance for Synapse system

Cerapedics receives CE mark and TGA listing for new bone graft

K2M receives FDA clearance for pedicle screw system