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A study published in The Spine Journal examines anterior lumbar interbody fusion using a new pedicle-to-pedicle technique.

2. 6 trends in cost-utility analysis for spine surgery

Written by Laura Dyrda | Friday, 26 December 2014 00:00
Are current cost-utility analysis studies effective in the United States for spine surgery?

3. 10 spine surgeons & specialists on the move - Dec. 23

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:00
Here are 10 spine surgeons and specialist moves.
Michael Wang, MD, a Miami-based spine surgeon, performed a procedure on San Francisco Giants infielder Marco Scutaro, according to an ESPN report.
A study published in Spinal Deformity examined intraoperative traction in pediatric scoliosis surgery to determine whether there are benefits for use.

6. Dr. Mark Gold joins Quincy Medical Group

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:00
Neurosurgeon Mark Gold, MD, joined Quincy (Ill.) Medical Group’s neurosurgery department, according to a Quincy Journal report.

7. 8 spine surgeons with new leadership roles

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Monday, 22 December 2014 00:00
Here are eight spine surgeons who were recently named to leadership positions.
Inpatient admissions a year before surgery is a predictor of perioperative risk for posterior lumbar fusion, according to a new study published in Spine.
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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

16. 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.

18. 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.

20. 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.
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