Spine Surgery Today


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

Table of Contents

One for spine and all for one Clarifying the discipline of spinal surgery

Scott D Boden, MD

Formula guides management of osteoporotic vertebral fractures

Hospitals to pay US more than $28 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations related to kyphoplasty billing

Interventional Spine receives FDA clearance for next generation fusion device

FDA approves additional indications for Medtronic’s Infuse Bone Graft

Outcomes with cervical disc replacement device maintained through 7 years

Few complications, less blood loss seen with percutaneous pedicle screw fixation

Microsurgical decompression provided more relief in nonsmokers vs smokers

Intraoperative CT navigation for spine surgery has acceptable radiation exposure

LDR announces updated NASS coverage policy recommendation on one- and two-level CDR

InVivo Therapeutics receives conditional FDA approval for INSPIRE pivotal probable benefit study

Minimally invasive surgery for moderate sagittal imbalance improved pain scores

Intraoperative cardiopulmonary arrest found uncommon in pediatric fusions

CareFusion receives two 510(k) clearances for spine augmentation devices

SeaSpine launches new interbody device

Researchers find pessimistic beliefs and no exercise can lead to more back pain

Alphatec Spine announces new committee chairman, retirement of board of directors member

Study shows antibiotic prophylaxis and drain use may not lower infection risk

Bioventus acquires BioStructures and expands orthobiologic offerings

Regional registry shows cost of spine surgery must be examined at state level

Debate: Guidance on methylprednisolone indications for partial SCI must be clear

Vexim announces new chairman of the board of directors

Proper sagittal balance may correlate with better surgical outcomes

5 Questions

A conversation with R. Shay Bess, MD

Cover Story

Spine surgery education may benefit from integrative specialty training

In the Journals

Predictive value of 3-month outcome data following lumbar discectomy found similar to 1-year outcomes

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy proved effective treatment for iatrogenic spine surgery infection

No link found between poor results from anterior cervical procedures and preoperative opioid strength

Laser interstitial thermotherapy may be a substitute for surgery in treating spinal metastasis

Irradiation cited as risk factor for cerebrospinal fluid leakage after total en bloc spondylectomy

Motion study shows intrinsic mobility of artificial discs years after implantation

Minimally invasive intraspinal synovial cyst resection associated with reduce blood loss

Chêneau bracing associated with halting curve progression for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

3-D likely better than traditional imaging for noting ossification of the PLL

Standard cervical thoracic orthoses outperformed comparable devices for restricting neck motion

Two-level cement augmentation may decrease the rate of acute proximal junctional fractures

Biomechanical study indicates efficacy of short segment fixation for burst fractures

Preoperative spinal embolization associated with improved survival after spinal metastasis surgery

Race and insurance status may correlate with pediatric spine injury outcomes

Meeting News Coverage

Lower cost-effectiveness found for ACDF in morbidly obese patients

National spine surgery databases may have large amounts of missing data

Restoring nucleus pulposus tissue tonicity may be key to reducing inflammation

Operative time has greatest effect on length of stay after cervical disc replacement, ACDF

Pediatric cervical facet dislocations are rare and severe neurological injuries

Key to improving low back pain is likely ability to measure it

Demineralized bone sponges support posterolateral lumbar fusion

Greater risk of falls and fractures seen in patients with cervical myelopathy vs controls

Early preoperative steroid injection may lead to higher infection rates after cervical fusion

Movers and Shakers

NuVasive appoints Hanson as new executive vice president

Spine Coding

Clarification provided on ACDF codes, difference between laminectomy codes

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

Worth Building

Understand risk in your portfolio

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