Laura Dyrda

Laura Dyrda

The VENUS clinical trial for persistent knee pain is underway at OrthoIndy in Indianapolis.

Orthopedic surgeon Amr Abdelgawad, MD, a physician at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, is developing a new internal bone lengthening device for children.

Neurosurgeon Cynthia Zane Africk, MD, joined FirstHealth Neurosurgery, according to a Daily Health report.

A new report from MarketsandMarkets shows the spinal biologics market is expected to grow over the next five years.

The small bone and joint devices market is expected to grow over the next few years, according to a Transparency Market Research Report posted in medGadget.

Treating back pain and other spinal conditions can cost more than $200 billion annually in the United States, with $90 billion in direct costs. There are several factors contributing to the ever-increasing cost of care, including hospital costs, device costs, pharmaceuticals and post-surgical care.

Sacral insufficiency fractures are an often under diagnosed condition in the elderly population, typically presenting with severe low back pain resulting in immobility. The diagnosis can be complicated by the fact that radiographic assessment of the sacrum is difficult and lower spine (lumbar) imaging is frequently not specifically targeted at the sacrum. Sacral vertebroplasty, a procedural extension of percutaneous vertebroplasty, involves the injection of bone cement into the sacrum with the aim of alleviating pain and facilitating more rapid mobilization than conservative therapy alone allows.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 00:00

Coding updates for sacroplasty in 2015

The American Medical Association changed the language in the Category I CPT codes for vertebroplasty effective January 1, 2015. The update added sacral and cervical to the applicable vertebroplasty code descriptors and included changes to the code numbers and bundled imaging, moderate sedation and the use of bone biopsy for the procedures.

Peter Millett, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., will perform shoulder surgery on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, according to a Fox Sports report.

A new study examines the surgical implant survivorship of minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion, published in Dove Press.

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