Spine Surgery Today


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

Table of Contents

Many reasons why lumbar artificial disc replacement never achieved expected prominence

John C. Liu, MD

Study: 2-year cost-effectiveness equivalent for LLIF, TLIF

Research finds shared decisions about lumbar stenosis surgery vs therapy helpful

Prospective, multicenter study shows few differences in outcomes for XLIF, MIS TLIF

Speaker says pay-for-performance is on its way whether or not spine surgeons like it

Study shows oblique MRI may aid precise lumbar foraminal stenosis diagnosis

Study shows vancomycin powder may increase the risk of spine nonunions

Long-term results similar for anterior, low-profile CDA device and ACDF

Diagnosis and size matter when coding corpectomies

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

Bone health program informs orthopedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons

One-level ACDF patients had better 5-year outcomes than multi-level patients

5 Questions with Spine Surgery Today

A conversation with Thomas E. Mroz, MD

Cover Story

Patient selection and surgical technique among ways to avoid TDA revisions

Health Care Legislative and Regulatory Update

Obama signs Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 into law

In the Journals

Keel-less, shallow-keel implants safe, easy to use in cervical arthroplasty

MCID determined for SRS-22R after surgery for spinal deformity

Intraoperative navigation can aid in surgical treatment of symptomatic intraosseous pneumatocysts

Kiva System non-inferior to balloon kyphoplasty for treatment of vertebral compression fractures

Smaller patients may lose more blood during posterior spinal arthrodesis

e-Health pilot program shows feasibility, effectiveness in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis

Industry News

Stryker Spine receives FDA clearance for new plating system

LDR Holding announces distribution agreement for nerve-mapping system

SpineGuard, Zavation announce co-development partnership for ‘smart screw’

Depuy Synthes announces four new products, new education solution

Stryker launches new anterior cervical plating system

Meeting News Coverage

Addition of interbody arthrodesis to posterolateral arthrodesis adds no benefit

Addition of motor-evoked potentials during EMG for LIF may detect neurologic injury

Occult infections may be the cause of chronic pain after spine surgery

Use of rhBMP for minimally invasive TLIF offers highest fusion rates

One-level total disc replacement demonstrates effectiveness as alternative to ACDF

Return-to-work rates similar for short, long fusion procedures

Supplemental fixation may improve stability of burst fractures

Study: Coccygectomy effectively manages pain for patients with chronic coccydynia

Study finds no difference in lumbar pseudarthrosis treatment based on surgical approach

Postoperative pain most common reason for readmission after lumbar surgery

Pediatric deformity patients with stainless steel implants likely face challenges clearing SSIs

Survey shows spine surgeons would elect to undergo surgery due to high pain, limited activities

Two different artificial disc systems can offer similar outcomes

Minimally invasive lumbar discectomy may be safe in obese patients

VIDEO: Errico talks volume in relation to early reoperation after adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgery

Earlier spinal cord stimulation may help offset increased health care utilization and costs

Gender, preoperative work status may predict return to work after lumbar discectomy

VIDEO: Examining how American high school athletes view concussive injuries

Cortical bone trajectory screw fixation can be used in pediatric lumbar spine

Low-dose pediatric O-arm scans prove safe, effective for screw placement

VIDEO: Polly discusses utility of new technology

Database study highlights perioperative complication risks from cervical spine surgery

Weinstein, Dolan receive 2015 OREF Award for AIS research

Vitamin D deficiency may be associated with higher nonunion rates after fusion for spondylosis

Locally administered steroid decreased dysphagia in patients after ACDF with BMP in level 1 study

Minimally invasive fusion can provide better outcomes than non-surgical management for SI pain

Vancomycin powder may help protect against spinal surgical site infections

Interlaminar stabilization offers better outcomes for lumbar stenosis vs. decompression alone

VIDEO: Horst on the impact of operative intervention for degenerative spinal conditions on patient sex lives

Investigators find post-spine surgery patient outcome and satisfaction scores are likely unrelated

Intraoperative monitoring may help ensure proper placement of spinal cord stimulation leads

Movers and Shakers

Gokaslan named chair of neurosurgery at Warren Alpert Medical School

Renowned neurosurgeon Andrew Parsa dies at 48

Charles Kuntz IV, treasurer of AANS/CNS Joint Spine Section, passes