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Abstract submissions now open for EUROSPINE 2018

Anne Mannion presents at Eurospine 2017
Participants are now invited to submit abstracts to the EUROSPINE scientific secretariat for consideration for inclusion in the 2018 annual meeting, to be held...

i-FACTOR™: Small peptide, big impact

i-FACTOR bone graft Cerapedics
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...

Minimally invasive TLIF procedure results in shorter hospital stay and “good...

Gabriel Tender
A prospective, randomised study presented at the 32nd EUROSPINE annual meeting held 11–13 October in Dublin, Ireland by Gabriel Tender (Louisiana State University, New...

EOS imaging awarded scientific innovation prize

image of EOS imaging's platform
EOS imaging, a provider of imaging and data devices and software, has been chosen as this year’s winner of the Galien Foundation’s Prix Galien...

Spira-C cervical interbody cleared by US FDA

Camber Spine Spira-C
Camber Spine has announced the clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of its Spira-C Open Matrix cervical interbody device, a fusion...

DePuy Synthes’ Concorde Clear minimally invasive discectomy device launched in Europe,...

The Concorde Clear minimally invasive discectomy device
  A surgical solution designed to “simplify discectomy in minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery,” the Concorde Clear from DePuy Synthes has this week been released...

Omnia Medical gains FDA clearance for vertebral body replacement system

Omnia Medical VBR
Omnia Medical has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared its new vertebral body replacement (VBR) system, which is manufactured...

Spinal fusion device industry to be worth US$11 billion by 2025

Spinal fusion device market expected to grow to US$11 billion by 2025
A report from Transparency Market Research estimates that the total value of the spinal fusion device industry will reach US$11.0 billion (£8.2 billion, €9.3...

South Korea’s first rhBMP-2 bone graft receives government recognition

CG Bio’s Novosis bone graft is the first developed in South Korea that contains rhBMP-2
South Korean biomaterials company CG Bio has received a ‘World Class Product of Korea’ award from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and...

Image-guided pulsed radiofrequency provides relief from low back pain

The majority of patients studied were pain free after receiving a new image-guided pulsed radiofrequency treatment for low back pain and sciatica, according to...

Peptide-enhanced bone graft outperforms autograft at two years

I-factor peptide-enhanced bone graft
A prospective, multicentre trial has found that a peptide-enhanced bone graft is non-inferior compared to local autograft bone. In addition, the bone graft outperformed...

Rectifying a failed titanium fusion with PEEK-OPTIMA™ HA Enhanced cage and...

This case report is sponsored by INVIBIO™ To view this case report as a PDF, please click here. Timothy Bassett, MD (SouthEastern Spine Specialists, Tuscaloosa, AL,...

Modern spinal structure established millions of years earlier than previously thought

Selam, Ethiopia, intact skull feature image
Analysis of a 3.3 million-year-old fossil skeleton has revealed the most complete spinal column of any early human relative, including vertebrae, neck and rib...

The role of endoscopic surgery in the treatment of painful conditions...

Anthony T Yeung immediately post surgery
The major gap between fusion-oriented spinal surgeons and pain management physicians is bridged by endoscopic spinal surgeons. Current surgical philosophy by traditionally-trained spinal surgeons...

Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf seven months after fourth...

Tiger Woods to return to competitive golf after lumbar spine fusion 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...

US health centre awarded Spine Center of Excellence certification

Park Ridge Health awarded Spine Center of Excellence by Joint Commission
Park Ridge Health (Hendersonville, USA) has been awarded a Gold Seal of Approval for its certification as a Spine Center of Excellence from the...

IB3D 3D-printed interbody devices cleared by US FDA

Medicrea IB3D TB cage
Medicrea yesterday announced the clearance of their additively-manufactured IB3D titanium interbody devices by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and introduced a new...

Can the C7 slope substitute the T1 slope?

Can the C7 slope substitute the T1 slope?
The T1 slope was first reported in 2010 by Knott and is considered one of the key players in cervical balance. Many studies have...

NFL broadcaster Solomon Wilcots interviews doctors at EUROSPINE and NASS

Solomon Wilcots interviews Vikas Kapoor at NASS 2017
The former professional football player is a leader of Russo Partners’ Sports–Health Alliance, a service connecting sports, health and medicine. In addition to interviews...

Rothman Index is a useful predictive tool for identifying patients likely...

Blood pressure is one of the components in calculating a patient's Rothman Index
A retrospective review of patients who underwent elective spine surgery in New Haven, USA has shown that the Rothman Index (RI) may be used...

Study of astronauts reveals new clues for low back pain mechanisms

An astronaut outside the International Space Station
Winner of the 2017 Outstanding Paper Award for Medical/Interventional Science at the 2017 North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting (25–28 October, Orlando, USA),...

The importance of learning “the business of medicine”

Joshua Abrams featured image
The rapidly changing healthcare environment poses a substantial amount of challenges. In the USA, this environment has shifted from surgeon preference and surgeon-driven expenditures...

Researchers narrow in on genetic causes of scoliosis

Scoliosis in a 15-year-old
Two presentations at the Scoliosis Research Society annual meeting (SRS; 6–9 October, Philadelphia, USA) have shed light on the genetic factors at play in...

Australian surgeries mark first use of Titan Spine’s Endoskeleton interbody

Titan Spine Endoskeleton range
In 2014, the company received clearance from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to market their range of interbody fusion devices. Two anterior lumbar...

John F Kennedy: “I think the doc should have read just...

John F Kennedy speaking
US president John F Kennedy is famous in equal parts for his youth, his diplomatic skill and his untimely demise. Less well-known are the...

Two-level artificial disc replacement “an effective alternative” to fusion at 84...

medtronic prestige LP for artificial disc replacement
Long-term outcome data for a low-profile artificial disc replacement (Prestige LP, Medtronic) has indicated that the device, when used at two levels, is associated...

“Significantly more bone infiltration” with 3D-printed triangular sacroiliac joint fusion implants

IFuse 3D plus autograft bone growth
The popularity of sacroiliac joint fusion has grown rapidly over the past five years, with SI-Bone’s Ifuse device leading the market. Recently approved by...

Sugar nanostructures reduce BMP-2 requirements for fusion by 99%

Sugar nanostructures reduce BMP-2 requirements for fusion by 99%
Researchers from Northwestern University, Evanston, USA, have developed a type of supramolecular glycopeptide nanostructure which appears to be able to amplify BMP-2 signalling significantly....

Non-opioid alternative for chronic pain approved in Europe

Metronic Intellis
A Conformité Européene (CE) Mark has been received by Medtronic for its neurostimulation platform Intellis for spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and peripheral nerve stimulation...

Grant applications for spinal cord injury or disease now open from...

Paralysed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of American (Paralyzed Veterans) has announced the launch of its 2018 Education and Training Foundation grant cycle. Applications for awards up to...

Steve Couldwell appointed CEO of Tissue Regenix Group

Steve Couldwell named CEO of Tissue Regenix
Tissue Regenix Group yesterday announced the immediate appointment of Steve Couldwell as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “I am delighted to be appointed CEO and look...

Stim onTrack mobile app wins 2017 Spine Technology Award

Stim onTrack wins Spine Technology Award 2017
Stim onTrack, an app from Orthofix International designed to help patients comply with bone growth stimulation therapy, has been announced as the winner of...

Wearables in spine surgery: Beginnings, research and real-world applications

wearables in spine surgery
  Over the past 10 years, wearable technology has filtered into the mainstream, with market-leading Fitbit counting over 23 million active users. Wearables are used...

What are “patient engines” and why should you care?

Driving your patient engine can help grow your practice
Running a busy spine surgery in the 21st century is not easy, writes Matthew Coffy. Healthcare professionals in all practice areas are facing unprecedented...

Levó head positioning system for spine surgery by Mizuho OSI introduced...

Levo head positioning system
The Levó head positioning system, developed by Mizuho OSI, was showcased at last week’s North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting in Orlando, Florida,...

Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency

Trump declares opioid crisis
“The United States is by far the largest consumer of these drugs, using more opioid pills per person than any other country … in the...

Simplifying minimally invasive surgery: DePuy Synthes launch new systems at NASS...

Viper Prime, simplifying minimally invasive surgery
The North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting yesterday played host to the launch of two solutions by DePuy Synthes for simplifying minimally invasive...

Robotic-guided spine surgery results in five-fold decrease in surgical complications

  Interim results from a world-first prospective study demonstrate that robotic-guided spine surgery results in a five-fold decrease in the rate of surgical complications, and in...

Nuvasive launches 3D-printed porous titanium implant Modulus XLIF

Nuvasive have announced the released of the porous titanium Modulus XLIF
Medical device company Nuvasive have launched a new porous titanium interbody implant for their XLIF procedures, named the Modulus. The Modulus XLIF device is...

New biomarker offers improved method to image degeneration

MRI of the lumbar spine of two subjects
A study led by the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong, is first to report that a new biomarker—the ultra-short time-to-echo disc sign...

Success for first personalised, 3D-printed sternum implant procedure in USA

The 3D-printed sternum waiting to be implanted
A US-first surgery to replace the sternum and part of the ribcage of a 20-year-old woman has been successfully completed by a team of...

Todd Wetzel

Profile: Todd Wetzel
As his term as NASS president comes to a close, Spinal News International caught up with Todd Wetzel to discuss his career to date,...

Rigid, low-profile design ALIF system receives alpha release

Life Spine announces alpha release of the Sentry ALIF plating system
Life Spine have announced that their Sentry plating system, which has been designed to improve lumbar stabilisation in anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) procedures,...

2 Rigid, low-profile design ALIF system receives alpha release

Life Spine announces alpha release of the Sentry ALIF plating system
Life Spine have announced that their Sentry plating system, which has been designed to improve lumbar stabilisation in anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) procedures,...

Camber Spine announce presenters for NASS 2017

Camber Spine presenters will speak at NASS 2017
The Camber Spine presenters for next week’s North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting were announced by the company yesterday. Dr John Malloy IV...

A “paradigm shift” from art to science: New multicentre databank will...

A team of researchers is planning a multicentre databank to track and evaluate the performance of personalised rods (UNiD Rod, Medicrea) in the treatment...

NanoHive lumbar interbodies receive FDA clearance

hd lifesciences nanohive alif device spinal news
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared HD Lifesciences’ NanoHive interbodies. The company released the devices to the US market last month. Each...

Spinal News International Issue 44 – October 2017

Highlights: Sugar nanostructures reduce BMP-2 requirements for fusion by 99% Radiofrequency denervation fails to provide clinically important chronic low back pain improvement Profile: Todd Wetzel ...