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Gregory Przybylski, MD, is the director of neurosurgery at the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute at JKF Medical Center in Edison, N.J. He's board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the former president of the North American Spine Society.
Published in Spine Leaders
Steven Garfin, MD, president of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, has issued a letter in response to The Health Care Service Corporation on its draft policy for lumbar spinal fusions.
Published in Spine
The Health Care Service Corporation, the parent corporation for the Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans for Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas issued a new draft policy for lumbar spinal fusions.
Published in Spine
Medtronic's spine revenue dropped 6 percent during the fourth quarter of the 2012 fiscal year to $818 million due to poor United States sales.

The drastic increase in spinal fusions performed by surgeons in the United States has been attributed to several factors, including economic incentives for providers and relationships with device companies. However, there are several other, more subtle, factors that have contributed to the rise of spinal fusions that surgeons are keenly aware of, even if they aren't always mentioned in healthcare legislation and policy debates.

Published in Spine
VG Innovations has received a United States patent for the VerteLoc technology.
DePuy Spine launched its VIPER F2 Transfacet Pedicular Screw System designed for stabilization and fixation during degenerative lumbar spinal fusion procedures.
A spinal implant promising enhanced patient care won top prize at the University of Akron's LaunchTown Entrepreneurship Awards — a competition of biomedical and engineering business ideas — according to a report in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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Integra LifeSciences announced the market release of its Integra Vu aPOD Prime Intervertebral Body Fusion Device designed for anterior lumbar fusions.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued Lucero Medical a letter of warning related to its spinal fusion device Enduramesh.
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