In the JournalsPerspectiveFrom OT Europe

Implant infection after spinal fusion correlated with pedicle screw loosening, ongoing pain

October 1, 2018
Investigators found implant infections are correlated with pedicle screw loosening and ongoing pain that can lead to the need for revision surgery…

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Increased physician awareness may decrease infection incidence, implant cost

September 13, 2018
Recently published results showed a decrease in craniotomy and ventricular shunt infection incidence, as well as significant cost savings, when…

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VIDEO: Parvizi discusses hot topics of International Consensus Meeting on Musculoskeletal Infection

July 27, 2018
PHILADELPHIA At the International Consensus Meeting on Musculoskeletal Infection, Javad Parvizi, MD, FRCS, spoke about the topics the…

Colorado hospital warns patients of potential exposure to HIV, hepatitis

April 5, 2018
A Colorado hospital has warned patients they may have been exposed to serious infections through improperly sterilized surgical instruments…

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Black children experience higher risk of mortality after surgery

January 10, 2018
Risk factors for mortality after surgery, including use of ventilation, oxygen support and wound infections, are more prevalent in black children…

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Gram-negative organisms after spine surgery were not reduced with vancomycin powder

December 27, 2017
Although vancomycin powder was associated with a reduction in gram-positive organisms in spine deformity reconstruction surgeries, researchers also…

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Obese patients at greater risk for infection after adolescent idiopathic scoliosis correction

December 10, 2017
Patients who underwent posterior spinal fusion for the correction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and were obese had a greater risk for…

FDA News

Zimmer Biomet recalls implantable spinal fusion stimulators

May 31, 2017
Zimmer Biomet announced a recall of the SpF PLUS-Mini and SpF XL IIb Implantable Spinal Fusion Stimulators, according to a release from the FDA. The…

Decrease in airborne colony-forming units linked with fewer implant-related infections

Orthopedics Today, March 2017
Recently published results showed a reduction in airborne colony-forming units during operations may effectively reduce the number of…

Review highlights imaging modalities for degenerative diseases, infections of the spine

December 19, 2016
Although professional organizations agree patients with uncomplicated low back pain or radiculopathy without a red flag do not require imaging…

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Study cites causes for 30-day readmission after neurosurgical, neuroendovascular procedures

December 7, 2016
Investigators of this study found infections and medical complications were among the most common causes of 30-day readmission in patients who…

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Diagnosis, neurological status seen as significant predictors of SSIs after cervical spine surgery

October 18, 2016
Investigators of this study identified independent factors, such as primary diagnosis and neurological status, for surgical site infection following…

Meeting News CoverageFrom OT Europe

Include musculoskeletal system, especially spine, in S. aureus septicemia workup

September 14, 2016
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND — Work up for Staphylococcus aureus septicemia should include the musculoskeletal system. Further, MRI scan of the…

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Study cites infection, pain as most common reasons for early readmission after elective spine surgery

May 16, 2016
CHICAGO — The most common reasons for unplanned hospital readmission within 30 days of discharge following elective lumbar decompression and…

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Patients contract SSIs after receiving FDA-regulated amniotic tissue product

May 10, 2016
A cluster of surgical site infections at an acute care hospital in Ohio possibly was caused by intraoperative applications of an FDA-regulated…

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Study: Postoperative infection after ACDF is low

May 3, 2016
CHICAGO — The incidence of postoperative infection after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is low, according to data presented here at…

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Postoperative complications of ACDF may increase with longer operative time

April 7, 2016
LAS VEGAS — Researchers found a 38% increased risk for pulmonary embolism among 5,040 patients who underwent one-level anterior cervical…

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Adverse events commonly seen after surgery for vertebral osteomyelitis

March 21, 2016
In one of the first studies to longitudinally detail neurological complications, pain and reoperation after surgery for vertebral osteomyelitis…

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Prealbumin check may determine SSI risk for spine surgery patients with poor nutrition

March 19, 2016
ORLANDO, Fla. — Spine surgery patients at one institution who had impaired preoperative nutrition based on levels of prealbumin less than 20…

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In vitro study shows effect of vancomycin powder on dural healing

March 18, 2016
ORLANDO, Fla. — Fusiform cells from cultured dural tissue lost all their organizational patterns when vancomycin powder was added to them…