Perspective

NASS debuts new coverage policy recommendations

Spine Surgery Today, July/August 2014
The North American Spine Society announced 13 new coverage policy recommendations to assist payers, providers and patients with information to help…

In the Journals

Allogeneic morphogenetic protein from bone marrow aids cervical fusion

May 14, 2014
Researchers found in this study allogeneic morphogenetic protein may be a safe substitute for recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 in…

Industry News

Medtronic agrees to settle certain liability cases for INFUSE Bone Graft

May 6, 2014
Medtronic Inc. announced it has agreed with certain plaintiffs’ counsel to settle their inventories of filed and unfiled product liability…

Industry News

Cerapedics closes on $9 million venture debt loan from GE Capital

April 16, 2014
Cerapedics, an orthobiologics company, announced the closing of a $9 million venture debt loan from GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services, which…

Industry News

Orthofix announces new chairman of the board

April 12, 2014
Orthofix International N.V. recently announced the appointment of Ronald A. Matricaria as a director and chairman of the board. Matricaria joins…

Stem cell transplants may help treat degenerative disc disease

Spine Surgery Today, March/April
Stem cell transplantation was found to be viable and effective for halting or reversing degenerative disc disease in the spine by helping maintain…

Overall success rates favor nonconstrained cervical disc replacement over ACDF

Spine Surgery Today, March/April
The 5-year results of an investigational device exemption study found a nonconstrained cervical disc device had a higher rate of success using the…

In the Journals

Several methods effective in treatment of lower cervical spine TB

March 27, 2014
Anterior debridement, decompression, bone grafting, and instrumentation for lower cervical spine tuberculosis were found effective treatment in this…

Stem cell transplants may help treat degenerative disc disease

March 18, 2014
Stem cell transplants was found to be viable and effective for halting or reversing degenerative disc disease in the spine, based on research…

Industry News

BioStructures received 510(k) clearance for bioactive bone graft putty

February 23, 2014
The FDA issued 510(k) clearance to BioStructures LLC for its Signafuse bioactive one graft putty, which is indicated for the posterolateral spine…

In the Journals

Surgeons find risk factors responsible for neurological deficits after interbody fusion

February 19, 2014
Researchers identified a number of risk factors that raised the risk of postoperative neurological deficit in patients who underwent lateral lumbar…

In the Journals

Use of rhBMP-2 during lateral lumbar interbody fusion increased rate of neurologic deficit, pain

February 19, 2014
Patients who received recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 during lateral lumbar interbody fusion showed an increased rate of postoperative…

In the Journals

G-CSF used for acute SCI found beneficial for neurological recovery

February 10, 2014
Among patients with acute spinal cord injury, administration of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor had beneficial effects on neurological…

Industry News

DePuy Synthes enters representative agreement with LifeNet Health

February 4, 2014
DePuy Synthes and DePuy Synthes Biomaterials, divisions of DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., have entered into an exclusive worldwide representative agreement…

Industry News

Integra LifeSciences acquires dural repair product lines from Covidien

January 19, 2014
Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation has completed the acquisition of the DuraSeal product line from Covidien. According to a company press…

Industry News

InVivo hires new CEO, interim CFO

January 17, 2014
InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp announced the appointment of Mark D. Perrin as chief executive officer and Steven McAllister as interim chief…

In the Journals

Malignancy incidence greater among spondylarthritis patients treated with anti-TNF drugs

December 17, 2013
Patients with spondylarthritis who were treated with anti-tumor necrosis factor tended to have greater incidence of malignancy when compared with the…

Industry News

Bacterin receives patent for method to produce demineralized bone matrix

November 18, 2013
Bacterin International Holdings Inc. has announced that the company has received patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a method to…

Industry News

Bacterin announces partnership with DMP Spine Biologics

November 16, 2013
Bacterin International Holdings Inc. has entered a partnership with DMP Spine Biologics with intent to distribute Bacterin’s biologics products…

Commentary

Spine Surgery Today welcomes chief medical editors

Spine Surgery Today, May/June 2014
  Scott D. Boden   John C. Liu We welcome new Chief Medical Editors with this issue of Spine Surgery Today, a…