Spine Surgery Today


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

Table of Contents

Surgeons should determine standard of care for intraoperative neuromonitoring

John C. Liu, MD

Senate committee proposes more efficient approval of medical devices

Results show tranexamic acid may help reduce significant blood loss in AIS surgery

Rod fractures were found to significantly affect patients’ health-related quality of life

Perioperative steroids may reduce dysphagia after anterior cervical surgery

Increased benefit seen after cervical TDA compared to fusion in well-selected patients

DBM sponges led to 94% fusion rate in posterolateral lumbar spine surgery

Panel recommends FDA not approve a lumbar stabilization system

Orthopedic, pediatric and scoliosis societies call for early scoliosis detection

Thromboelastography may accurately predict VTE in patients with spine fractures

Youth concussion education, screening technology and data collection to roll out

Two-level CTDR was more cost-effective compared to ACDF at 5-year follow-up

Studies show depressed, anxious patients may not have worse surgical outcomes

Senate Health Committee passes Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act of 2015

5 Questions

A conversation with Charles L. Branch Jr., MD

Cover Story

Intraoperative spinal neuromonitoring proves to be a new, yet controversial field

Health Care Legislative and Regulatory Update

Medicare physician payment: Prepare to ‘MACRA-mize’ your practice

In the Journals

Imaging algorithm may provide reliable assessment of accessibility to upper thoracic levels

Thoracic and lumbar fractures not uncommon in older adults following motor vehicle crashes

National registry-based study shows elderly patients are more susceptible to atlas fractures

Findings support chemotherapy before surgical decompression for Ewing sarcoma

Age, comorbidities cited among patient-specific factors impacting postoperative hospital costs

Sacroiliac joint fusion likely more effective than nonsurgical care at 1 year

Preoperative Karnofsky scores may best predict quality of life after surgery for spinal metastases

TDR likely not superior to ALIF for degeneration of the posterior paraspinal muscles

Industry News

Medtronic announces launch of radiofrequency ablation system

Mighty Oak Medical receives FDA clearance for pedicle screw navigation guide

Stryker announces definitive agreement to acquire neuro portfolio from Synergetics

DeGen Medical launches anterior cervical plate system

CTL Medical Corporation acquires AccelSPINE

Amedica adds second generation cervical system

Medtech receives FDA clearance for surgical assistance robot for MIS in the spine

Meditech Spine receives new indication for Talos interbody devices

Movers and Shakers

Carilion Clinic opens institute for orthopedics and neurosciences

University of Texas at Dallas research fellow wins award from International Spinal Cord Repair group

Spine Coding

Know the types of cases for which spinal hardware removal is billable

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

Worth Building

Removing premium rate increases in longterm care insurance

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