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After Cervical Spine Fusion Surgery Pro Athletes can Resume Careers

After Cervical Spine Fusion Surgery Pro Athletes can Resume Careers

A majority of professional athletes are able to return to competition within a year following vertebral cervical spinal surgery. This is according to a study that focused on criteria for making return-to-play recommendations and was published in the journal Neurosurgery. Read More


Medicaid Patients See Elevated Risk of Complications Following Spine Surgery

Medicaid Patients See Elevated Risk of Complications Following Spine Surgery

Among individuals who are receiving spinal surgery, Medicaid patients face an elevated risk for experiencing any type of complication, compared to privately insured patients. This is according to a study published in the journal Spine. Read More


Nerve Cells Regrown Following Spine Injury in Rat Model

Nerve Cells Regrown Following Spine Injury in Rat Model

Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic have been able to restore bladder function in rats who have suffered serious spinal cord damage. Though the animals have not been able to regain the ability to walk, this is a major step forward in the area of spinal cord repair. The study was published in... Read More


Spinal 'Spacer' Procedure Has Fewer Complications, But Poses the Risk Of Repeat Surgery

Spinal 'Spacer' Procedure Has Fewer Complications, But Poses the Risk Of Repeat Surgery

Interspinous spacer implantation - a less-invasive alternative surgical option for spinal stenosis - has a lower rate of complication compared to spinal fusion, according to a study in the journal spine. However, patients receiving these spinal "spacers" are more likely to require repeated bac... Read More


Is Surgery Necessary if Cervical Spine Disease Doesn't Progress?

Is Surgery Necessary if Cervical Spine Disease Doesn't Progress?

Follow up examination of patients suffering from degenerative disease of the upper spinal column demonstrate little or no evidence of worsening degeneration over time, according to a study appearing in the journal Spine. Read More


Spine Tumors Treated with 'Separation Surgery' and High-Dose Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Spine Tumors Treated with 'Separation Surgery' and High-Dose Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Scientists from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York have discovered that tumor 'separation surgery' followed by a concentrated dose of hypofractionated stereotactic radiosurgery is safe and effective in handling spinal tumors. This is true even regardless of the radiosensitivity... Read More


Cervical Spinal Fusion Variations Reflected in Lack of Evidence

Cervical Spinal Fusion Variations Reflected in Lack of Evidence

If you are undergoing surgery for degenerative disc disease of the upper (cervical) spine, the technique employed by your surgery could depend on what part of the country you live in. The study suggesting this premise is published in the journal Spine. Persistent regional variations in surgica... Read More


One-Fifth of Spine Surgery Patients Develop PTSD Symptoms

One-Fifth of Spine Surgery Patients Develop PTSD Symptoms

Close to 20 percent of individuals who underwent low back fusion surgery also experienced post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms associated with that surgery. This is according to a recent Oregon Health & Science University study published in the journal Spine. Read More


Two-Thirds of Spinal Fractures Are Left Undiagnosed and Untreated

Two-Thirds of Spinal Fractures Are Left Undiagnosed and Untreated

A report given by the International Osteoporosis Foundation places the spotlight on the severe impact of spinal fractures and calls on health professionals to recognize the signs of these fractures in their patients. Read More


Regional Variations in Low Back Surgery is Due to 'Surgeon Enthusiasm'

Regional Variations in Low Back Surgery is Due to 'Surgeon Enthusiasm'

Surgeons in certain areas are more likely to recommend surgery to treat low back problems and those differences in 'surgeon enthusiasm' are a major factor in driving regional variations in spinal surgery rates. The study was published in an issue of Spine. Read More



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