Spine Surgery Today


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

Table of Contents

Do not be an enabler to chronic opioid use in spine surgery

John C Liu, MD

Spine surgeons debate safety and cost effectiveness of sagittal plane realignment

Benefits of corticosteroids added to injections for spinal stenosis are limited

Follow an eight-step formula for correct spine coding

Kim Pollock; Teri Romano

Goal of data on spine procedures in Washington is to improve statewide care

New minimally invasive lumbar interbodyfusion system shows positive outcomes

Skin preparation protocol helped reduce posterior cervical infection

Speaker: Reconstructive procedures will advance field of pain surgery and treatment

Few complications reported amidst greater rhBMP-2 use in pediatric fusion cases

Debate explores appropriateness of surgery for axial lumbar pain

CT scans proved essential for detection of significant cervical spine injuries

Cervical spondylotic myelopathy surgical outcomes depend on the approach used

5 Questions with Spine Surgery Today

A conversation with Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD

Cover Story

Opioids to treat long-term, non-surgical spinal conditions can be detrimental What is the role of opioids in the nonoperative treatment of chronic spine problems?

FDA Pipeline

FDA Pipeline September/October 2014

Health Care Legislative and Regulatory Update

The Sunshine Act and CME-related payments

Abraham Gitterman; Marilyn May, JD

In the Journals

Surgeons’ experience, surgical outcomes for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis significantly correlated

Product, donor age among factors irrelevant to allograft fusion success

Far lateral lumbar disc herniation amenable to transforaminal percutaneous endoscopic surgery

Glasgow Coma Scale scores better in older patients with traumatic brain injury

Interspinous spacers may help treat moderate lumbar spinal stenosis

Lateral stenosis MRI, EMG findings may aid workup for surgical patients

Spinal pain not a rare occurrence in adolescents

Spinal canal at pedicle level shrunk over 30-year time span

C-2 translaminar screws offer high fusion rate, few complications

Time lag affects impact of spinal orthotics on spinal curvature correction

Industry News

DePuy, Medtronic to fund neurological surgery educational programs

Titan Spine technology expands to Spain, United Kingdom

Osseon steerable balloon receives FDA clearance

FDA approves PRESTIGE LP Cervical Disc System

Baxano Surgical announces receipt of two new patents

Titan Spine announces guarantee for spinal interbody fusion devices

Synergy receives expanded FDA clearance for Biosphere Putty

Expanding Orthopedics obtains CE mark for FLXfit

Meeting News Coverage

Study: Triamcinolone and dexamethasone effective for acute radicular pain

Steroid injection led to radicular pain relief in minority of patients with cervical disc herniation

Nonsedation for transforaminal epidural steroid injections linked to low patient dissatisfaction rates

Vasovagal reactions are low in flouroscopically guided procedures

Radiofrequency therapy for sacroiliac pain delivers inconsistent results

Trial results show slight efficacy of fibrin sealant in chronic lumbar pain management

Combination treatment no more effective than anesthetic alone for spinal stenosis

Epidural steroid injections effective in treating lumbar radicular pain

Epidural steroid injections associated with a low complication rate

ISIS founding member honored at annual meeting for years of service

Evidence lacking for CT-guided lumbar transforaminal injection of steroids

Most patients satisfied after PRP therapy for internal disc disruption

Movers and Shakers

Spine surgeon Vaccaro elected president of Rothman Institute

Hahn to retire after 28 years as chief of staff at Cleveland Clinic

Neurosurgeon runs for US Senate in Oregon

Practice Management

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