1. 5 spine surgeons on key practice investments

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 16 March 2017 20:02
Five spine surgeons share the most successful professional investments they have made over the course of their careers.
The U.S. Attorney's Office has joined the investigation of Swedish-Cherry Hill's neurosciences institute in Seattle, The Seattle Times reports.
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for March 16, 2017.

4. Spinal fusion price in 30 largest US cities

Written by Laura Dyrda | Thursday, 16 March 2017 10:25
Of the 30 largest cities in the U.S., San Jose, Calif., is the most expensive place to receive cervical spine surgery, according to Healthcare Blue Book.
New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery researchers studied the effect of using bone morphogenetic proteins in pediatric spinal fusion. The FDA has not approved BMP use in children, however, up to 17 percent of pediatric spinal fusions use BMP off-label.
A new study published in Spine examines the costs associated with anterior cervical fusions based on the volume of procedures the surgeon performs.
Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital researchers investigated the impact of combined physician-patient orthopedic treatment decisions, according to Medical Xpress.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently reclassified semi-rigid spinal stabilization systems from Class III to Class II offering a regulatory pathway to 510(k) clearance in the United States for innovative devices using PEEK-OPTIMA™ polymer based rods from Invibio Biomaterial Solutions.
Todd Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief and medical director for New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery, recently discussed the future of orthopedics in an interview with Medscape.
To Fuse or Not to Fuse: How Artificial Disc Replacement, Hybrid Fusion, and Fusion Alternatives are Changing the World of Spinal Fusion, by Karsten Ritter-Lang, MD, and Jan Spiller, MD, has become an Amazon #1 bestseller.
Switzerland-based Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne researchers are studying intelligent neuroprosthetics with the potential to help those with neurological dysfunction.
A study recently published in Spine examined patient attitudes toward non-physicians assessing whether they need spine surgery.
San Jose, Calif.-based O'Connor Hospital has reported positive results after using the Mobi-C Cervical Disc device.
The Mobi-C Cervical Disc surgery effectively treats various types of disc pains and is designed to reduce the need for future surgeries, according to Redwood City Patch.
Here are eight spine surgeons who made the news this week:
A new study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine examines lumbar spinal decompression among patients who are 65 years or older.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates wrote a review on the book by late Stanford neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, MD, which he labeled "amazing," on gatesnotes.
Warsaw, Ind.-based OrthoPediatrics Corp. sponsored the 3rd International Children's Spine Symposium in Orlando, Fla., from March 3 to 4, 2017.
It is not uncommon that patients seeking care for back and neck pain will report a lengthy and often frustrating process of getting relief.
A spine fracture leads to a downward spiral of complications for elderly people, often resulting in death.
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