News and Research for Spine Professionals

Are Regenerative Therapies the Future of Spinal Cord Injury Treatment?

Current spinal cord injury treatment is limited to rehabilitative and mitigation approaches, but regenerative therapies may be the way of the future, says Michael Fehlings, MD, PhD.

5 Spine Surgery Technologies to Keep on Your Radar

How are you using these five spine surgery technologies? Hear from a SpineUniverse Editorial Board member.

INTRACEPT 12-Month Trial Results Further Validate Basivertebral Nerve Ablation Durability and Effectiveness

Recently published study results showed significant improvements in pain and function following the Intracept® Procedure.

When to Check for a Tethered Spinal Cord

Incidence of tethered spinal cord—once thought to be rare—is growing thanks to improved diagnostics. Learn differential diagnoses and management techniques.

NASS 2021: The Road to Clinical Innovation Is Not a Straight Line

NASS outgoing president Eeric Truumees, MD, talks innovations past and future at the NASS2021 annual meeting, held in Boston from September 29 through October 2.

How Cervical Myelopathy Led to Michael Collins’ Placement on Apollo 11

This story embodies the absolute best of the American spirit. One can only imagine the relentless, quiet frustration Astronaut Collins felt in watching someone else go to the moon in his place on Apollo 8. All the while, he never really knew if he would ever get another chance.

Spinal Deformity Surgeries See Sharp Rise

What’s driving an uptick in long fusion? It’s not as simple as an aging population, says Comron Saifi, MD. Find out more.

A Close-Up Look at Computer-Assisted Navigation in Spine Surgery

CT navigation has been a game changer for minimally invasive spine surgery. Get tips on navigating with the O-arm from SpineU’s expert.

Going Solo: Developing a Medical Device Without Institutional Backing

Some people take up fishing or golfing in retirement. Donald Corenman is developing a biological disc replacement.

NASS: Updates, Pivots, Lessons Learned

2021 North American Spine Society president Eeric Truumees on advocacy, diversity, and navigating one challenging year

A Closer Look at Down Syndrome and the Spine

A 2021 review from Mount Sinai researchers synthesizes the literature around treating spinal comorbidities of Down syndrome.

SpineUniverse Technology Highlights Calmare® Therapy, Premia Spine, SI-BONE, and Spinal Elements

Brain-centric pain approach, TOPS receives Breakthrough Device Designation, SImulator training almost anywhere, Orbit and Luna XD improve OR workflow.

No Consensus on Drains and ACDF Among Twitter Docs

Do you use a drain in a multi-level ACDF? The Twittersphere weighs in on a surprisingly divisive question.

SpineUniverse Technology Highlights NeuroSphere™ myPath™, G-scan Brio Dedicated MRI and Up-LIFT Clinical Trial

Abbott's digital patient-connected pain care, Esaote's open/tilting weight-bearing MRI, and ONWARD's trial to treat SCI-related upper extremity deficits.

Using Artificial Intelligence Algorithms to Detect Vertebral Fractures

Learn how a Japanese team tested AI diagnosis against experienced spine surgeons, and hear from an expert on the tech’s potential.

Bone Grafts in Spinal Fusions: What Really Matters

The search for the perfect spinal fusion bone graft material goes on, but the good news is you can achieve positive patient outcomes with any of the common choices. Hear what experts at NASS 2020 had to say.

Helpful Tips for Efficient Virtual Appointments

Post-COVID, telemedicine is here to stay, so how can spine specialists make the most of it? Get tips from our expert.

Assessing Bone Health for Spinal Fusion: Novel Technique

Is high-resolution quantitative computed tomography poised to replace DXA scans before spinal fusion? Find out why or why not.

When to Use Neuromonitoring in Spine Surgery

When should you use neuromonitoring in spine surgery and what type is best? Get expert answers here.

Awake TLIF Can Be Worth the Investment

Awake TLIF takes minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery one step further and eliminates general anesthesia.

Should You Recommend Platelet-Rich Plasma for Discogenic Pain?

The potential for PRP to treat various musculoskeletal pathologies is becoming more clear, but is it right for spine conditions? Our expert weighs in.

Reduce Your Risk of COVID-19 During Spine Surgery

Read the latest guidelines from medical societies, and learn how one institution has put safety protocols into practice.

Are Robots for Spine Surgery Worth the Cost?

Does your spine practice need a robot? Is it even feasible? Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of robotic-assisted spine surgery, and how to evaluate and choose a robot model.

Should You Outsource Your 3D Printing?

3D printing can be a boon for spine specialists, but both cost and investment in time to learn the technology and print to exacting standards can be prohibitive. Here’s how spine specialists can outsource their 3D printing needs.

SpineUniverse Technology Highlights from Abbott Neuromodulation, Integra LifeSciences and Integrity Implants

Experts discuss advances in SCS therapy for CLBP, biomechanics of a novel multiplanar expandable interbody cage and a spinal sealant system for adjunctive suture dural repair.

Relievant Medsystems’ Intracept® Procedure Achieves New Milestones

Recent long-term study outcomes confirm effectiveness of the Intracept procedure to treat chronic vertebrogenic LBP.

3D Printing Advances Spine Surgery Planning and Training

Learn how preeminent spine specialists use 3D printing to visualize complex patient anatomy and bring down medical education costs.

NASS 2020: Research Highlights from Three Top Studies

Pedicle screws, total disc replacement and more: Here are three of the top abstracts presented at the North American Spine Society conference 2020.

Search Rankings for Spine Specialists

Search engine optimization for the medical industry is complicated enough. A 2020 study suggests winning the search engine wars is even less intuitive than you may expect. Learn SEO best practices for spine specialists.

Is Your Spine Practice Principle-Based?

A principle-based spine surgeon chooses the best technique for each patient instead of the surgery technique at which they’re best, says Ali A. Baaj, MD.

2020 NASS Annual Meeting: Question Your Biases, Says NASS President

William J. Sullivan, MD, kicked off the 2020 NASS annual meeting by exhorting his colleagues to challenge their preconceived judgements.

NASS Annual Meeting: Wang Recognized for Advocacy

NASS past president Jeffrey C. Wang, MD, is recognized for his advocacy work at the organization’s annual meeting. Hear from Dr. Wang what advocacy—and his award—means to him.

New Study Tests Reliability of Lin/Lenke Classification System for Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis

A new study from the creators of the Lin/Lenke adolescent scoliosis classification system suggests it's applicable for adults too, which may drive future treatment plans for adult scoliosis.

Can Pedicle Screw Guards Reduce Surgical Site Infections?

Surgical hardware contamination is always a risk in spine surgery, but Aakash Agarwal, PhD believes he has a solution. Learn more.

Become an IME and Diversify Your Income Stream

Spine specialists can gain an extra income stream by becoming an independent medical examiner (IME) if their case volume has dropped due to COVID lockdowns.

SpineUniverse Technology Highlights from Bioventus, Mainstay Medical and Spinal Balance

Learn about the latest surgical tech for spine specialists, including bioactive bone grafts, a new neurostimulator and sterile screws.

Surgical Planning Techniques for Better Outcomes

Advances in surgical planning techniques could improve outcomes in spine operations. Ehsan Jazini, MD, a spine surgeon at Virginia Spine Institute, shares several smart presurgical strategies.

MRI-Based Tool Assesses Bone Quality Prior to Spine Surgery

Bone quality is a predictor of spine surgery outcomes, but few surgeons use DEXA scans to assess bone quality before operating. This MRI-based tool may make detecting osteoporosis and osteopenia easier.

How Can Virtual Reality in Medicine Enhance the Patient Experience?

Virtual reality, already established in brain surgery, is starting to prove its value as a patient-education tool in the spine setting. Here’s how VR in medicine can enhance the patient experience.

Heads Up! Docs Perform First Augmented Reality-Guided Spinal Fusion

Surgeons used augmented reality, which one likened to the heads-up display of a fighter pilot, for the first time in the operating room to perform a spinal fusion. The groundbreaking surgery took place at The Johns Hopkins Hospital on June 8, 2020.

9 Spine Technology and News Highlights August 2018

SpineUniverse highlights a blend of 9 news briefs covering spine industry corporate news, clinical research, 3D-printing advances and devices, and technical updates from August 2018.

SpineUniverse Highlight: PrecisionOS Virtual Reality Technology is Changing the Future of Surgical Training

Dr. Danny Goel, CEO of PrecisionOS discussed how their unique VR technology is improving surgical training by providing a virtual immersive and lifelike OR experience.

SpineUniverse Technology Highlight: Spinal Implant Company Nexxt Spine, LLC

James Abraham, Nexxt Spine’s COO, talks about the company's 10-year history, innovative spinal implant designs and inhouse manufacturing capabilities.

Docs Must Take the Lead in Prioritizing Surgery

As societies around the world continue to contend with social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic, spine specialists will have to wrangle with prioritizing canceled surgeries. Dr. Michael Fehlings is studying the most efficient ways to do so.

Virtual Conference Brings Spine Specialist Community Together

The Virtual Global Spine Conference allows specialists around the world to gather and learn on Zoom for free in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Ketamine and Other Promising Alternatives to Opioids

Ketamine and other NMDA antagonists can play an important role in pain management and as an alternative to opioids, says our expert.

Chronic Opioid Use Before Spine Surgery Linked to Longer Opioid Use After Surgery

Chronic opioid use before a laminectomy is linked to longer opioid use and longer hospital stays after a laminectomy. But do the data tell the whole story?

Telemedicine for Spine Care During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Telemedicine use among spine specialists is rapidly rising due to the coronavirus pandemic. Learn how one large practice is implementing telemedicine and get tips on how to do it for your practice.

Do You Screen Your Surgical Patients for Psychological Comorbidities?

Mental health comorbidities are a predictor of readmission and revision after spine surgery, but few surgeons perform psychological screenings for prospective patients.

Implant-Related Management of Surgical Site Infections After Spine Surgery

Clinical pearls from the author’s review of postoperative surgical site infections; infection rate variability, readmission cost, implant loosening and aseptic revision spine surgery.

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