Meeting News Coverage

Condoliase may prove effective in treating lumbar disc herniations

September 4, 2015
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Condoliase, an enzyme that degrades glycosaminoglycans, was well-tolerated by patients who received it as a treatment for…

SeaSpine launches new interbody device

August 31, 2015
SeaSpine Holdings Corporation recently announced the launch of its Ventura NanoMetalene transforaminal intervertebral body fusion device, according…

Alphatec Holdings announces second quarter financial results

August 6, 2015
Alphatec Holdings Inc., the parent company of Alphatec Spine Inc., this week released its financial results for the second quarter, which ended June…

Spine Wave announces commercial launch of new interbody system

July 31, 2015
Spine Wave recently announced the commercial launch of the Leva Interbody Device System, an expandable titanium implant optimized for ease of…

Meeting News Coverage

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

June 12, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO — Typical bone union rates after posterior lumbar interbody fusion may be expected in women who take bisphosphonates for longer…

Integra LifeSciences names new CEO, CFO for SeaSpine

June 4, 2015
Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp. recently announced the appointment of Keith Valentine as CEO of SeaSpine Holdings Corp. SeaSpine will become an…

Medtronic announces launch of stand-alone interbody cage

May 26, 2015
Medtronic recently announced the launch of the Divergence stand-alone interbody cage. The device is now commercially available for use in anterior…

In the Journals

Safety concerns and financial conflicts of interest decrease use of bone morphogenetic protein

May 21, 2015
An FDA Public Health Notification released in 2008 and revelations of financial payments made to surgeons involved in FDA-approved trials led to a…

Bacterin announces patent for new BMP-2 product

April 27, 2015
Bacterin International Holdings recently announced the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued the company U.S. Patent No. 8,992,964…

Meeting News Coverage

Marijuana frequently used illegally to treat spinal pain

April 17, 2015
SAN DIEGO — A large number of people who experience chronic spinal pain sufferers reportedly use marijuana to treat their pain; however, the…

Meeting News Coverage

Use of rhBMP for minimally invasive TLIF offers highest fusion rates

April 16, 2015
SAN DIEGO — The rates of fusion following a minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion are directly affected by the choice of…

In the Journals

Intraoperative navigation can aid in surgical treatment of symptomatic intraosseous pneumatocysts

April 6, 2015
Intraosseous pneumatocysts, benign air-containing lesions found in the spine and pelvis, have been observed in up to 10% of CT scans and are…

Meeting News Coverage

Bioventus introduces new orthobiologics product portfolios

March 27, 2015
LAS VEGAS — Bioventus announced the introduction of a broadened product offering for orthopedic surgeons at the American Academy of Orthopaedic…

Stryker Spine announces launch of next-generation viable bone matrix at AAOS meeting

March 25, 2015
LAS VEGAS - Stryker Corporation's Spine and Trauma and Extremities Divisions recently announced it will launch BIO4, a new viable bone matrix, during…

Publication Exclusive

Insertion and bone grafting coding questions answered

Spine Surgery Today, March/April 2015
Teri Romano, RN, MBA, CPC; Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC
This article will focus on answers to questions related to the most common coding conundrums that spine surgeons face. Accurate coding, especially in…

In the Journals

i-FACTOR bone graft material demonstrates equal or greater efficacy vs. autograft for PLIF

March 3, 2015
In a 2-year study examining the use of i-FACTOR bone graft material in posterior lumbar interbody fusion, researchers found the alternative material…

Researchers discover beneficial immune response after spinal injury

February 23, 2015
Researchers have identified a previously unknown beneficial immune response that occurs after injury to the central nervous system, according to a…

Smoking may interfere with anti-TNF treatment of axial spondyloarthritis

February 17, 2015
Patients with axial spondyloarthritis who were active smokers showed poorer response to treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor inhibitors…

Cerapedics receives CE mark and TGA listing for new bone graft

January 28, 2015
Cerapedics recently announced it has received CE mark in Europe and Therapeutic Goods Administration listing in Australia for its new i-FACTOR Flex…

In the Journals

Allogenic growth factor, rhBMP-2 can improve fusion for posterolateral spinal fusion

January 15, 2015
Fusion rates improved when allogenic growth factor or bone morphogenetic protein-2 were used with or without bone marrow aspirate for posterolateral…