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Many surgeons use the freehand technique for pedicle screw placement, but how accurate is it in the thoracolumbosacral spine?
Here are 10 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons in the news this past week.
Nine spine surgeons discuss the most important qualities that spine patients are looking for in their physicians.
Minimally invasive percutaneous posterior instrumentation, along with anterior debridement and interbody fusion with bone grafting, is an effective alternative treatment for pyogenic spondylodiscitis, according to a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.

5. 7 key points on XLIF outcomes, cage settling

Written by Laura Dyrda | Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00
A study published in Spine examines the radiographic and clinical evaluation of patients undergoing extreme lateral interbody fusion to examine the impact cage size and instrument type has on outcomes one year after surgery.

6. 8 things for spine surgeons to know for Thursday — Dec. 18

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Dec. 18, 2014.
The move toward customization is cultural for "Generation Me"; people want personalized hand towels, tailored clothes and cocktails at their wedding reception designed to match the bride and grooms' personalities. When people log onto computers or smart phones, they customize settings to optimize their personal style and workflow.

8. 4 spine, neurosurgery practice expansions

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00
Here are four spine and neurosurgery practices that expanded recently.
Richard Francis, MD, of Spine Associates in Houston, developed and implemented a "Patient-to-Patient Ambassador Program" for spine surgery patients.

10. 5 points on adjacent segment disease after cervical spine surgery

Written by Laura Dyrda | Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00
A new study published in Spine examines adjacent segment disease after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.
Nova Health in Yakima, Wash., is expanding and moving to a new building in Yakima, according to a Yakima Herald-Republic report.

12. 5 key trends on spinal fusion BMP use after 2008

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:00
A new study published in The Spine Journal examines the recombinant bone morphogenetic protein-2 use in spinal fusions for degenerative disc disease through 2012.
Most spine surgeons would say a successful surgery looks like this: lower postoperative pain scores, increased functional scores and images show a solid fusion; the patient isn't readmitted to the hospital and doesn't complain of any further complications.
The Spine Journal published a report recently comparing the results from the SPORT lumbar disc herniation cohort with the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database to identify different trends in disc herniation treatment. 
Daniel Yoshor, MD, has been named chair of neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Next year is looking pretty good to spine device company LDR, known for their cervical disc replacement technology. The Mobi-C cervical disc is the only artificial disc approved by the Food and Drug Administration for two-level procedures, a trait that will come in handy next year when a new Category 1 CPT code that supports two-level cervical arthroplasty procedures becomes effective.

17. 3D printed vertebrae round two: Another implanted in China

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00
A second person in China has received 3D printed vertebrae in a first-of-its-kind surgery at Zhejiang University School of Medicine in China, according to a 3d Print report.
Gregory LeBleu, MD, will serve as the medical director of Leesville (La.) Rehabilitation Hospital and Leesville-based Tri Parish Rehabilitation Hospitals, according to a Leesville Daily Leader report.

19. 11 spine, neurosurgeons making headlines this week — Dec. 12

Written by Laura Dyrda | Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00
Here are 11 spine and neurosurgeons who were in the news this past week.
Fred Sweet, MD, of Rockford (Ill.) Spine Center presented the results of a study on the effectiveness of an infection control technique he developed at the Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting & Course, Sept. 10 to 13 in Anchorage, Alaska.
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