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1. Pain-free tech gives new hope to spinal surgery patients

Written by Nick Gaudio | Monday, 26 January 2015 00:00
The Bethlehem, Pa.-based St. Luke's University Health Network is six months into a clinical study on a neuro-stimulation implant known as Burst during spinal cord stimulation surgery, reports Lehigh Valley Business.
A new article published in The Spine Journal compares open and minimally invasive approaches to posterior cervical foraminotomy.

3. Who's hot and who's not in spine?

Written by Laura Dyrda | Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00
Here are six points on who is hot, and who is not, in the spine field this past week.
The New Year is off to an eventful, if rocky, start. Here, four spine surgeons discuss where the opportunities lie for spine surgeons in 2015.
Orthopedic surgeon Ian Katz, MD, of Johnstown-based Western Pennsylvania Orthopedics, recently spoke about what he sees for the future of orthopedic outpatient centers with respect to hip and knee replacements.

6. King's Daughters Medical Center welcomes Dr. Mark Barron

Written by Nick Gaudio | Friday, 23 January 2015 00:00
Mark Barron, MD, has joined Brookhaven, Miss.-based King's Daughters Medical Center, the Daily Leader reports.

7. Moore Center for Orthopedics opens convenient care center

Written by Nick Gaudio | Friday, 23 January 2015 00:00
Columbia, SC.-based Moore Center for Orthopedics will unveil its new Moore Convenient Care Center on Monday, which will offer urgent orthopedic care with no appointment necessary five days a week.
A study recently published on reoperation rates after spinal metastases surgical treatment examines why patients undergo additional surgery and outcomes after the revision. The results were published in The Spine Journal.
InVivo Therapeutics enrolled the second patient in their Neuro-Spinal Scaffold to treat traumatic spinal cord injury.

10. Aesculap introduces new PLIF system — 5 key points

Written by Laura Dyrda | Thursday, 22 January 2015 00:00
Aesculap implant systems introduced the ProSpaceXP Interbody System for posterior lateral interbody fusion procedures.
Could a remote control injection system reduce radiation exposure during kyphoplasty?

12. 8 things for spine surgeons to know for Thursday — Jan. 22

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 22 January 2015 00:00
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Jan. 22, 2015.

13. Dr. Michael Heggeness gets Henry Farfan Award

Written by Nick Gaudio | Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00
Michael H. Heggeness, MD, was recently the recipient of the North American Spine Society's Henry Farfan Award, reports AAOS Now.

14. Dr. Dionysios Klironomos joins OhioHealth MedCentral

Written by Nick Gaudio | Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00
Dionysios Klironomos, MD, a neurosurgeon from Duluth, Minn., has joined the Ohio Health MedCentral hospitals, reports the Mansfield News Journal.
Northwestern Medicine recently launched a 1 million-square-foot multidisciplinary outpatient center on the health system's downtown medical campus in Chicago.
A study published in The Spine Journal examines the preoperative predictors of increased hospital costs for elective anterior cervical fusions.
In September, the White House moved to take on the scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria through an extensive, multi-pronged battle plan. Now, one physician says by changing how antibiotics are administered, physicians could possibly reduce the rates of infection after surgery nearly tenfold, lessening the amount of antibiotics necessary throughout the world.
A new randomized, controlled study published in The Spine Journal found percutaneous laser disc decompression, then surgery if needed, had similar outcomes to surgery.

19. The CORE Institute adds Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Tuesday, 20 January 2015 00:00
Phoenix-based The CORE Institute, added Tammy J. Penhollow, DO, to its physician team.
Mohammad Diab, MD, and his longtime patient, Carol Tran, are working together to design an app that helps sufferers of scoliosis parse through some of the more difficult aspects of pre- and postoperation life, reports KTVU news.
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