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Hospital-related procedures appear unrelated to opioid epidemic

August 22, 2017

Hospital-associated proceedings do not appear to be significantly contributing to the opioid epidemic, according to findings recently published in JAMA Surgery.

“The initial event associated with exposure to prescription opioids has not been widely explored, but is often maintained to stem from an injury or surgical procedure,” Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD, MSc of the department of orthopedic surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and colleagues wrote. “We sought to evaluate the medical diagnoses linked with an opioid prescription that resulted in sustained opioid use in a large cohort of Americans insured through TRICARE.”

Stryker receives FDA 510(k) clearance for pedicle screws

August 19, 2017
Stryker’s spine division announced it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the Serrato pedicle screw, which is to be used for the noncervical spine. The screws…
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No significant change seen in obesity status after TLIF despite clinical improvements

August 17, 2017
Although investigators found improvements for function and pain, they discovered no significant change in weight after obese patients underwent transforaminal lumbar…
In the Journals

Gabapentinoids ineffective for back pain

August 16, 2017
Evidence on the use of the gabapentinoids pregabalin and gabapentin to treat chronic low back pain was limited, but indicated significant risk for adverse events with no…
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