A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery examined adolescent scoliosis patients who underwent treatment with the use of growing rods to determine whether their last planned fusion was actually the final fusion.
Here are seven key stories on outpatient spine trends and news:
The spinal muscular atrophy treatment market is expected grow between 2015 and 2021, based on a Persistence Market Research report, according to medGadget.
President-elect Donald Trump called on Ben Carson, MD, to join his cabinet, despite the retired neurosurgeon's initial hesitation, according to Los Angeles Times. 
A new study published in Spine examines multilevel posterior cervical decompression and fusion, posing the question of whether it's necessary to extend the multilevel procedures to the upper thoracic spine.
At least three physician groups in Minnesota, including Midwest Spine & Brain Institute, have received a letter from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota notifying them they'd been dropped from the Blue Cross network. The letter was unsigned and didn't give a reason for terminating the contract.
Robert Watkins, MD, a Marina del Rey, Calif.-based spine surgeon, performed spine surgeon on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, according to a Providence Journal report.
Here are four spine and neurosurgeons in the headlines for the week ending on Dec. 2, 2016.

9. 6 spine physicians ranked #1 on Google - 2016

Written by Laura Dyrda | Friday, 02 December 2016 14:23
Each year, spine specialists contribute patient education content to www.Spine-health.com, which is read by more than 200 million of patients struggling with neck and back conditions. This sizable audience is proof of the positive impact that physicians can have when patient education is done right.
Eleven spine surgeons weigh in on experimental therapies and how they handle discussions with patients who want to try some of these therapies.
Jim Doty, MD, a Stanford (Calif.) Medicine neurosurgeon, urges people to demonstrate kindness and compassion in their lives, according to Stanford Medicine.
A new study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine examines whether the surgical effectiveness measures for lumbar spine surgery patients can predict two-year outcomes.
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Dec. 1, 2016.

14. 9 spine surgeons & neurosurgeons on the move in November 2016

Written by Megan Wood | Thursday, 01 December 2016 14:41
Here are nine spine surgeons and neurosurgeons that joined new organizations or received promotions in November, 2016.
Astronauts may suffer from visual impairment intracranial pressure following long-duration space missions, according to Jagran Josh. University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers presented their findings at the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting on Nov. 28, 2016, in Chicago.
Surgeons performed the first robotic spine surgery in western New York at Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph campus in Cheektowaga, according to WIVB.com.
A study recently published in Spine examined cervical spine surgeries for NFL players to see whether the level of surgery had an impact on performance-based outcomes.
The global minimally invasive spine surgery market will likely grow between 2016 and 2020, based on a Technavio report, according to medGadget.
The global neurosurgery market is expected to grow between 2016 and 2019, according to a Technavio report.
A new study published in Spine examines 30-day readmissions for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.
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