DePuy Synthes launches MIS discectomy device in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

December 21, 2017
DePuy Synthes announced the launch of its Concorde clear minimally invasive discectomy device in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. According to a…

FDA News

Majority of FDA advisory committee finds anular closure device unsafe for prevention of disc reherniation

December 12, 2017
The Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the FDA had mixed votes for three questions regarding…

Movers and Shakers

NASS announces 2016 Recognition Award winners

November 14, 2016
The North American Spine Society recently announced the winners of its 2016 Recognition Awards, according to a press release. Keith H. Bridwell

SpinalCyte announces results from study on spinal disc height improvement

June 2, 2016
SpinalCyte LLC announced preliminary results for its phase II animal study on spinal disc height improvement. According to a company press release…

Pulsed electromagnetic field may reduce cellular inflammation

March 10, 2016
Orthofix International N.V. recently announced results of a cellular study designed to determine how pulsed electromagnetic field therapy affects…

In the Journals

Cervical total disc replacement may lead to fewer adjacent-level procedures than ACDF

February 18, 2016
Researchers found in this prospective, multicenter, randomized, unblinded clinical trial that patients who underwent cervical total disc replacement…

SpinalCyte receives Chinese patent for spinal disc tissue engineering

February 18, 2016
SpinalCyte LLC, a Texas-based tissue engineering company, recently announced it received a Chinese patent entitled, “Method of differentiating…

5 Questions

A conversation with Serena S. Hu, MD

Spine Surgery Today, November/December 2015
In this issue, Spine Surgery Today poses five questions to Serena S. Hu, MD. She is Professor and Chief, Division of Spine Surgery in the Department…

Meeting News Coverage

Restoring nucleus pulposus tissue tonicity may be key to reducing inflammation

November 13, 2015
PHILADELPHIA — The reduction of nucleus pulposus tissue tonicity in a spinal disc may lead to chronic inflammation and disc degeneration…

Meeting News CoverageVideo

VIDEO: Alamin on PCR assay of excised intervertebral discs from patients undergoing single level primary lumbar microdiscectomy

July 16, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO — At the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Annual Meeting, Todd F. Alamin, MD, discussed a study on PCR…

Movers and Shakers

Kang accepts chairman position with Brigham and Women's Health Care

June 19, 2015
James D. Kang, MD, will be the next chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Health Care, according to a press…

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

Disc degeneration combined with end plate signal change and Schmorls' node highly associated with LBP

May 4, 2015
Disc degeneration alone was not found to have much impact on lower back pain; however, researchers found disc degeneration was highly associated with…

Simplify cervical artificial disc receives IDE approval

April 23, 2015
Simplify Medical recently announced it has received Investigational Device Exemption from the FDA for its Simplify cervical artificial disc. The…

Meeting News Coverage

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

April 21, 2015
SAN DIEGO — Indications for decompressive spine surgery due to a herniated disc differ with each patient; therefore, a survey of International…

Meeting News Coverage

Two different artificial disc systems can offer similar outcomes

April 20, 2015
SAN DIEGO — A call for the comparison of two different cervical disc arthroplasty implants and the outcomes they offer patients has been made…

In the Journals

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

April 2, 2015
Researchers analyzed the early clinical and radiographic results of keel-less and shallow-keel cervical disc replacement and found the implants were…

In the Journals

Overall complication rates low for anterior lumbar spine surgery

March 20, 2015
The risks of an anterior approach to lumbar spine surgery have yet to be fully explored, but researchers reported recently that the most common…

In the Journals

Annulus-endplate anchorage more vulnerable to failure in axial tension vs. torsion, in-plane torsion

March 10, 2015
Researchers recently reported annulus-endplate anchorage was more vulnerable to failure in axial tension compared with both torsion and in-plane…

ChoiceSpine acquires lateral access and interbody fusion system

February 12, 2015
ChoiceSpine recently announced it has acquired the Baxano VEO Lateral Access and Interbody Fusion System. The system is designed to treat