Tag: spine surgery

Routine use of antibiotics after spine surgery may not be warranted

Routine use of postoperative antibiotics in spine surgery may not be effective in preventing surgical site infections (SSIs), according to a recent systematic review...

Debate: Should robotics technology be more widely adopted in spine surgery?

The use of robotics in the field of spine surgery is a much discussed and controversial topic, with numerous physicians arguing both for and...

One in five older adults regret undergoing corrective surgery for adult...

One-in-five older adults regret their decision to undergo corrective surgery for adult spinal deformity (ASD), new research—published in the journal Spine by Owoicho Adogwa...

Camber Spine patents its Variant Retractor device

Camber Spine has announced that it has received a notice of allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its Variant...

BASS 2022: Early mobilisation after incidental dural tear significantly lowers risk...

Although early mobilisation after repaired incidental dural tears has similar major complication and reoperation rates compared to later mobilisation, it does, however, significantly decrease...

Debate: Will endoscopic surgery become the standard of care for spinal...

Two experts from the field of spine surgery, Paul Houle (Hyannis, USA) and Jeremy Steinberger (New York, USA), go head-to-head on the controversial topic...

Robot-assisted and augmented reality-assisted thoracolumbar instrumentation “advantageous for both patients and...

Robot-assisted and augmented reality-assisted thoracolumbar instrumentation is advantageous for both patients and surgeons but, as the technology progresses and indications expand, it remains essential...

Adult spinal deformity surgery associated with increased productivity and decreased work...

Adult spinal deformity (ASD) surgery is associated with increased productivity and decreased absenteeism from both work and school. These are the key findings from...

Surgical treatment for degenerative cervical myelopathy is associated with long-term improvements...

Surgical treatment for degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) leads to a satisfactory improvement of functional outcome which is maintained out to 10 years, a recent...

Low education and low income are “clear independent contributors” to poorer...

Low educational attainment and low income status are clear independent contributors to poorer outcomes following lumbar spine surgery, a new study, published in The...

Meta-analysis reveals key risk factors for postoperative urinary retention following spine...

Older age, male sex, benign prostatic hyperplasia, diabetes mellitus and a history of urinary tract infection are all risk factors for postoperative urinary retention...

Greater patient support needed to tackle persistent opioid usage following lumbar...

Patients who are either persistent opioid users, or are at risk of developing persistent opioid use, should be identified and offered counselling and support...

Erector spinae plane block is effective in reducing postoperative pain and...

Erector spinae plane block (ESPB) is effective in decreasing both postoperative pain intensity and postoperative opioid consumption after spine surgery, according to findings from...

Medtronic Canada unveils Mazor X, the first dedicated robotic spinal surgery...

Medtronic Canada has announced the commercial launch of the Mazor X system for robotic-guided spine surgery. The Mazor X platform offers a fully integrated...

Eurospine 2021: Indications for treatment and outcome predictors key themes at...

 Everard Munting (Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), the current president of Eurospine, talks to Spinal News International about this year’s annual meeting, which took place between the...
minimally invasive surgery

Efficacy of liposomal bupivacaine in spine surgery indicated but high quality...

Liposomal bupivacaine (LB) may safely decrease postoperative opioid requirements, pain scores, and length of stay in patients undergoing spine surgery, but greater evidence is needed to...

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

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...
neuromonitoring

The relevance of intraoperative neuromonitoring for spine surgery

Intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) was introduced several decades ago and is an increasingly favourable option for delicate surgeries. A recent study1 indicates that IONM procedures...

Topical application and local infiltration of TXA reduces blood loss in...

Topical application of tranexamic acid (TXA) before wound closure has been found to have better postoperative blood conserving effects in elective spine surgery, compared...

New computer programme reduces spine surgery errors linked to “wrong level”...

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine (Baltimore, USA) report that a computer programme they designed may help surgeons identify and label spinal segments during real...

Use of opioids before surgery hinders post-surgical improvements

New results suggest that patients treated with chronic opioids prior to spine surgery are “significantly less likely” to achieve meaningful improvements at one-year in...

“The last 25 years has seen a technological revolution”: What will...

Paul Arnold, a spine surgeon based in Kansas for most of his career, now practising at the University of Illinois, USA, and current chair...

Look carefully at the types of patients being operated on for...

 Factors characterising an indication for surgery in lumbar spinal stenosis Outcomes following surgery for spinal stenosis present great variability, suggesting that patient selection could be...

Quality assurance in spine surgery has direct bearing on patient wellbeing

 Frank Kandziora (Frankfurt, Germany), the 2018 president of EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe, tells Spinal News International that assuring quality in spine surgery...
Frank Kandziora

Frank Kandziora

Once an aspiring architect, Frank Kandziora has never looked back from the medical profession since being assigned a medical assistant during his military service...

TriStar Centennial Medical Center acquires the first Levó head positioning system

TriStar Centennial Medical Center (Nashville, USA) is the first healthcare system to incorporate the Levó head positioning system (Mizuho OSI) into their operating room....

Fortilink-TS and –L IBF systems with TETRAfuse 3D technology launches commercially

The commercial launch of Fortilink-TS and –L IBF systems (RTI Surgical) with TETRAfuse 3D technology has added to a growing series of interbody fusion...

Sustained use of opioids before spine surgery increases risk of continued...

Patients who take prescription opioids for a longer period before spinal surgery are more likely to continue opioid use several months after surgery, reports a...

Spine surgery products market will value $16.7 billion by 2025

The global spine surgery products market is expected to reach US$16.7 billion by 2025, up from US$10.2 billion in 2016, a Transparency Market Research...
Bruce Dall is a spine surgeon, and an advocate for those with sacroiliac joint pain

It was supposed to be a Blue Ocean! Why sacroiliac joint...

Bruce Dall is a spine surgeon, having gained his medical qualification at the University of Nebraska Medical School (Omaha, USA), and an advocate for...