Spine Surgery Today


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

Table of Contents

Spine surgeons need to learn adapt to outpatient spine surgeries

John C. Liu, MD

Bone marrow edema in patients with scoliosis may correlate with low back pain

Radiographs, stability dictate management of craniocervical junction injuries

Speaker reports proximal junctional kyphosis can affect postoperative C2-7 SVA

Spine registries display most accurate outcomes at 1 year postoperatively

Speaker sees greater indications in the future for lateral lumbar approaches

Guidelines aid coding of hardware removal, hemi-laminectomy

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

Fusion offered no potential benefit in decompressive surgery for spinal stenosis

Cervical cord MRI T2 hyperintensity may not affect return to play in contact athletes

Obesity, other factors may affect wound complication rates after spinal surgery

Neuromonitoring, optimal positioning may mitigate lateral lumbar access complications

Treatment may progress faster after MIS for symptomatic metastatic spine disease

Subpopulations found to be at greater risk for VTE after lumbar vertebral fracture

Tailored spinal cord stimulation system improved outcomes, pain relief

Extent of spinal metastasis is a key predictive factor of survival in surgically treated MESCC patients

Surgeon sees improvements in expandable interbody cages on the way

Study questions methylprednisolone use for treatment of patients with traumatic SCIs

5 Questions with Spine Surgery Today

A conversation with Rex A.W. Marco, MD

Breaking News

Supreme Court upholds health care subsidies in states without exchanges

Cover Story

Risks of same-day spine surgery must be addressed as its popularity increases

FDA Pipeline

FDA Pipeline July/August 2015

Health Care Legislative and Regulatory Update

Medicare fraud takedown: A closer look

In the Journals

Disc degeneration combined with end plate signal change and Schmorls' node highly associated with LBP

Disc bulging most prevalent abnormal finding on MRI in asymptomatic patients

Majority of patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries develop adverse events during acute care

McKenzie method may have greater success than spinal manipulation for treatment of back pain

Researchers analyze secondary diagnostic method for lumbar extraforaminal entrapment

Stratified care effective for patients at high risk for disabling low back pain

Facet effusion sign should not deter decompression for spondylolisthesis

Industry News

Medicrea announces US launch of spinal posterior fixation system

Medtronic announces launch of stand-alone interbody cage

Zimmer completes acquisition of Biomet in $14 billion cash, equity deal

Bioventus introduces new orthobiologics product portfolios

Medtronic announces launch of stand-alone interbody cage

Meeting News Coverage

Long-term bisphosphonate use had minimal effect on bone fusion in PLIF at 2-year follow-up

Chances of accurate lumbar spinal stenosis diagnosis increase when key questions are asked

Early imaging for back pain in older adults not associated with better outcomes

Manual spine manipulation may provide more short-term low back pain relief than other methods

Addressing potentially modifiable risk factors may help reduce low back pain

Score developed to identify SI joint dysfunction, mitigate need for injection

Systemic blood biomarker levels higher in patients with moderate-to-severe lumbar degeneration

Physicians may underestimate patient leg pain during clinical consultation

Interspinous spacer for lumbar stenosis likely not inferior to existing device

Improvement in leg pain at 3 months postoperatively may indicate improved function at 1 year

Incidental durotomy occurred more often in older patients lengthened hospital stays

Link possible between running, swimming and lumbar disc degeneration

Movers and Shakers

Hospital for Special Surgery names Schwab as spine service chief

Bioventus announces changes to its executive leadership team

Alphatec Spine announces new board of directors member

Dormans named chief of orthopedics at Texas Children’s Hospital

Kang accepts chairman position with Brigham and Women's Health Care

ChoiceSpine announces hire of new executives

Integra LifeSciences names new CEO, CFO for SeaSpine

Worth Building

Using Roth IRAs for college savings

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