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BMI is a risk factor for adjacent segment disease in lumbar fusion patients

Although adjacent segment disease is an important complication after fusion of degenerative lumbar spines, the role of BMI in adjacent segment disease "has been addressed less".

Total disc arthroplasty does not affect incidence of adjacent segment degeneration in the cervical...

The results of 93 patients in three prospective randomised clinical trials were presented by Pierce D Nunley, Spine Institute of Louisiana, Shreveport, during the Best Papers session at the North American Spine Society annual meeting in Orlando, USA.

Fusion of multiple lumbar segments associated with sacroiliac joint pain

The number of segments involved in lumbar and lumbosacral procedures has been shown to affect the incidence of sacroiliac joint pain, in a study...

Failure of short lumbar fusions may be related to spino-pelvic malalignment and latent sagittal...

It is suggested that restoration of spino-pelvic alignment in short lumbar fusions may reduce the risk of revision surgery for adjacent segment disease. Although prospective clinical data is currently lacking, this finding is supported by biomechanical data.

“Remarkable” rate of heterotopic ossification after 10 years in cervical disc replacement patients

Although cervical total disc replacement remains a safe and effective procedure with low rates of complication and high levels of patient satisfaction, in patients with adjacent segment degeneration, significant heterotopic ossification and resulting loss of prosthesis function was observed at 10 years' follow-up.

Metal-on-metal artificial discs in two-level ACDR result in superior clinical outcome scores compared to...

The use of metal-on-metal (MoM) artificial discs in two-level anterior cervical disc replacement (ACDR) results in superior patient-reported clinical outcome scores compared to metal-on-plastic (MoP) artificial discs, a meta-analysis recently published...

Spinal Elements receives US FDA approval for Sapphire X device

Spinal Elements has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of the Sapphire X device for anterior cervical fixation. Sapphire X is the...

SeaSpine announces full commercial launch of Mariner MIS and Outrigger spinal fixation systems

SeaSpine has announced the full commercial launches of Mariner MIS and Mariner Outrigger spinal fixation systems. “The commercial launches of Mariner MIS and Mariner Outrigger...

Precision Spine launches Reform Ti pedicle screw system

Precision Spine has launched worldwide the Reform Ti titanium pedicle screw system, designed to provide increased flexibility, versatility, and visibility to take on challenging...

HPS 2.0 Hybrid Performance System used for the first time during spine surgery

RTI Surgical has announced the first surgery using the HPS 2.0 Hybrid Performance System, a modular pedicle screw system used for mono- and multi-segmental rigid,...

New results “strongly support” the safety of the ProDisc-C device

At the annual meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Spinal Surgery (3–5 April, Anaheim, USA), Jack E Zigler (Texas Health Center...

Single-level anterior cervical discectomy: A “solid alternative” to fusion or arthroplasty

Results of a double-blinded randomised controlled trial indicate that anterior cervical disc arthroplasty (ACDA) does not lead to a superior outcome in comparison to...
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Next generation Reline system launches

The next evolution of the Reline system (NuVasive) has just launched: the Reline MAS Midline (RMM). The company description says this system provides “procedural...
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Research highlights the importance of spinal alignment in all, not just deformity, lumbar fusions

The results of a report looking at the rates of spinopelvic malalignment in nearly 600 patients show that malalignment is common both before and...
Tiger Woods to return to competitive golf after lumbar spine fusion surgery

Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf seven months after fourth lumbar spine surgery

The golfing world’s eyes are trained on the Hero World Challenge, which begins this week in the Bahamas. In April, Tiger Woods underwent his...
NASS Annual Meeting Exhibition

Counting down to the largest event in spine

The biggest event in the spinal calendar, this year’s North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting, is fast approaching. The meeting (25–28 October; Orlando,...

Keith DK Luk

Keith KD Luk converted his childhood love of handiwork into a medical degree and numerous fellowships, eventually specialising in spinal surgery. Over his career,...

Close international collaboration will result in a “better understanding of complex spine care”

The Eurasian Orthopedic Forum will take place from 29–30 June in Moscow, Russia. Two faculty members speak with Spinal News International about the state...

Lisa Ferrara

Intending to become a cardiac surgeon, Lisa Ferrara began her career as a biology student in Bridgewater, USA. A lecture on future technologies and...

Assessment of sagittal balance following TLIF: Are we kyphosing the lumbar spine, AANS presentation...

Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) has been the "workhorse" spinal procedure for the past decade. However, there remains the challenge of suboptimal lordotic interbody...

Discover the latest technologies and treatments in the Wasatch Mountains

The Canyons Village in Park City, Utah, USA will once again host the annual Evidence & Technology Spine Summit, 22-25 February 2017. In its...

Discover the latest technical updates in the Wasatch Mountains

The Canyons Village in Park City, Utah, USA will once again host the annual Evidence & Technology Spine Summit, 22-25 February 2017. In its...

Seven-year data find Zimmer Biomet’s Mobi-C statistically superior to ACDF

Zimmer Biomet has announced results of a seven-year outcomes study demonstrating statistical superiority of its Mobi-C cervical disc prosthesis vs two-level anterior cervical discectomy...

The great debate: Hybrid vs. fusion for two-level lumbar degenerative disc disease

Jack E Zigler, Texas Back Institute, Plano, USA, and Louis G Jenis, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA, debate the benefits and pitfalls of hybrid...

Motion trumps fusion at NASS debate

The treatment of many common spinal conditions by procedures designed to preserve motion or by the more conventional fusion was the subject of a...

ISASS presents awards, announces Hee Kit Wong as president, during 2016 annual meeting

Over 850 spine surgeons, scientists, researchers, and exhibitors from more than 40 countries attended the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS)...

Long-term clinical results show superiority of two-level cervical total disc replacement to ACDF at...

Five-year clinical results have shown cervical total disc replacement to offer a superior alternative to anterior discectomy and fusion for treatment of two-level symptomatic...

Artificial lumbar disc effective at 11-year follow-up

In the short- to mid-term, lumbar total disc replacement has at least equivalent clinical results compared with lumbar fusion. However, questions remain regarding long-term complications effectiveness.

Differences in TLIF and posterolateral fusion outcomes limited in terms of cost-effectiveness

A study from Norton Leatherman Spine Center, Louisville, USA, has shown that, while TLIF (Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion) may generate better one-year ODI (Oswestry disability index) outcomes for spondylolisthesis, it may not produce any other significantly better outcomes than posterolateral fusion (PSF).

Prestige LP artificial cervical disc produces fusion-equivalent 24-month outcomes

Outcomes associated with Medtronic's Prestige LP artificial cervical disc are at least non-inferior to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) outcomes at 24 months, according to a new study published by the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.

Direct repair surgery with screw fixation for young lumbar spondylolysis patients produces poor one-year...

The study found that although both the intensity and frequency of lower back pain had significantly improved at final follow-up compared with preoperative level, pain frequency tended to worsen after six months.

FDA approval for the Mobi-C disc at one level

The Mobi-C cervical disc has received FDA approval for commercial sale and distribution. The disc is indicated at one level and is a cobalt chromium alloy and polyethylene, mobile-bearing prosthesis.

Long-term data shows that non-operative treatment may be better than operative treatment for patients...

A study presented by Kirkham Wood at the annual meeting of the North American Spine Society (NASS, 23-27 October, Dallas, USA), indicated that after 15-20 years of follow-up, non-operative treatment for stable thoracolumbar burst fractures is associated with reduced pain and improved function compared with operative treatment.

Clinical studies on LDR’s Mobi-C cervical disc presented at NASS

Several studies involving the Mobi-C cervical disc were presented at NASS, including a study that found two-level arthroplasty, using the Mobi-C, was associated with improvements in pain and function and a reduction in revision rates compared with two-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF).

Christopher Shaffrey

Christopher Shaffrey, Harrison distinguished professor, Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA, is the chair of this year's International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST, 18-21 July, Istanbul, Turkey). He talked to Spinal News International about his career and the key themes of IMAST 2012

Cervical total disc replacement: What do we know?

Michael Mayer reviews the evidence for cervical total disc replacement (CTDR), which is an alternative to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), and looks at the current concerns about this type of therapy.

CD Horizon BalanC Spinal System launched with CE mark at ISASS 2012

The CD Horizon BalanC Spinal System (Medtronic) is intended to help provide stabilisation and/or immobilisation of spinal segments of the lumbar and/or sacral spine for the pathologies of spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative disc disease.

Jeffrey Goldstein

Listed in Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Jeffrey Goldstein, clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery, New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, USA, has had an impressive career "his extensive achievements range from developing a unique surface morphology to helping a man with a fractured spine walk again in addition to being a first responder during 9/11.

Integra LifeSciences launches an integrated plate and cervical interbody fixation system

The Zuma-CTM system features the benefits of a low-profile anterior fixation plate and a radiolucent interbody in an integrated, user-friendly device.

Positive discography highly predictive of clinical outcomes after surgery

Vikas V Patel, University of Colorado, Denver, USA recently presented his findings on the predictive value of discography at the North American Spine Society annual meeting in Orlando, USA.

Opinion: Design, rationale and clinical experience with Dynamic Cervical Implant

Guy Matgé, inventor of the Dynamic Cervical Implant, comments on the features and advantages of this innovative implant.

Texas Back Institute’s experience with nearly 1000 Total Disc Replacement procedures

Richard D Guyer provides an overview of the team's experiences.

Nuvasive announces C360 cervical spine portfolio

NuVasive has announced the launch of its C360 cervical spine portfolio, which includes the commercial launch of its Anterior Cervical Plating (ACP) system. The...

Technology and the changing role of the spine surgeon

Virtual reality, including 3D imaging, will play an increasing role in planning complex spinal deformity surgery in the near future, according to Lawrence Lenke...

Empirical Spine completes investigational enrolment for LimiFlex US IDE trial

Empirical Spine has announced completion of enrolment in the investigational arm of its US Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) trial studying the use of the...
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Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ Top Paper of 2019 goes to spine section RCT

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) recently awarded their Top Paper of the Year and Spine Section Paper of the Year to an analysis...
M6-C

FDA approval for M6-C artificial cervical disc

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the M6-C artificial cervical disc (Orthofix Medical) for patients suffering from cervical disc degeneration. The...

Successful first in human for zLOCK spinal facet joint fixation system

The successful start of a first in human clinical study for the zLOCK spinal facet joint fixation system (ZygoFix) has been announced. The clinical...

Auto-registration more clinically accurate than point-to-point registration in navigation assisted spinal surgery

Auto-registration is better than point-to-point registration with respect to clinical accuracy when using the same active infrared navigation system during spinal surgery. This is...
Vertera Spine Cohere

NuVasive extends porous PEEK interbody to TLIF and PLIF procedures

NuVasive announced on 4 January the launch of the company’s Coalesce Thoracolumbar Interbody Fusion Device as well as FDA 510(k) clearance for expanded indications of...
i-FACTOR bone graft Cerapedics

i-FACTOR™: Small peptide, big impact

This article is sponsored by Cerapedics, Inc. A FAST, RELIABLE AND PROVEN ALTERNATIVE TO AUTOGRAFT i-FACTOR peptide-enhanced bone graft is challenging the gold standard in bone...

First-time US FDA clearance for Nuvasive’s greater than two-level cervical interbody implant system

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance to Nuvasive for the CoRoent small interbody system indicated for intervertebral body fusion...

FDA approves Medtronic’s Prestige LP for two-level procedures

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Prestige LP cervical disc for the treatment of cervical disc disease causing nerve or...

Study “lends further credence” to view that facet joint tropism may have developmental aspects

An international, large-scale multicentre study of 33 spine institutes indicates that facet joint tropism—also known as facet joint angulation asymmetry—may be developmental in origin...

Long posterior cervical fusions can be stopped at C7 instead of the upper thoracic...

Multilevel posterior cervical fusions can be safely stopped at C7, rather than the upper thoracic spine, without increasing the risk of complications or subsequent fusion extension at short- to mid-term follow-up.

Smith & Nephew completes acquisition of ArthroCare

Smith & Nephew plc has announced the completion of the acquisition of ArthroCare Corporation, an innovative medical device company with a highly complementary sports medicine portfolio. The purchase price was US$48.25 per share paid in cash, translating into an enterprise value of approximately US$1.5 billion.

Best-in-show award for poster featuring Misonix’s BoneScalpel

Misonix has announced that a poster that features the company's BoneScalpel device presented at the 62nd Neurological Society of India annual conference has won a best-in-show award.

Percutaneous pedicle screw placement significantly increases risk of facet violation

According to a new study in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, percutaneous placement of pedicle screws significantly increases the risk of facet joint violation compared with open screw placement.

FDA approves anterior lumbar interbody fusion device

The FDA has approved Alphatec's Solus internal fixation anterior lumbar interbody fusion device.

Disproportion of endplates may be a significant and independent risk factor for disc herniation

Differences in endplate diameter of adjacent vertebral bodies may increase the risk of disc herniation, a study ahead of print in The Spine Journal reports.

Multilevel fusion has similar outcomes to single-level fusion but increases operating time

A study published in Spine has shown that multilevel decompression and multilevel fusion does not significantly improve outcomes compared with multilevel decompression and single-level fusion in patients with single-level degenerative spondylolisthesis and multilevel spinal stenosis, but does increase operating time and intraoperative blood loss.

Choice Spine launches Starfire pedicle screw system

The Starfire system has been designed to treat patients with advanced scoliosis, deformity or to manage spinal trauma.

X-spine announces exclusive license with Gamma Spine for minimally-invasive spinal technology

X-spine Systems has announced that it has entered into an exclusive license agreement with Gamma Spine for the development and distribution of its minimally invasive spinal fixation technology.

Scient’x launches Isobar Evolution

Scient'x has announced its focus on offering dynamic solutions for the spine. The cornerstone of the Scient'x dynamic solutions strategy is the Isobar Evolution dynamic rod, which the company introduced recently as an adjunct to posterior pedicle-based fusion.

US markets for spinal motion preservation to reach $2.54 billion by 2015

According to a new market research report by iData Research, the leading international authority in medical device, dental and pharmaceutical market research, the US market for spinal motion preservation devices is estimated to reach $2.54 billion by 2015.

Applied Spine Technologies to restart U.S. clinical trial for Stabilimax NZ Dynamic Spine Stabilization...

Applied Spine Technologies (AST) , a medical device company focused on motion preservation of the lumbar spine, has announced that it has received permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to proceed with enrolment in their IDE trial of the Stabilimax NZ Dynamic Spine Stabilization System.

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