Surgery

Insurance status linked to patient safety in lumbar fusion

(HealthDay)—Insurance status is associated with adverse patient safety indicators (PSI) among patients undergoing inpatient lumbar fusion, according to a study published in the March issue of The Spine Journal.

Surgery

More lumbar Sx complications at teaching hospitals

(HealthDay)—Patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery at teaching hospitals incur longer hospitalizations and have more postoperative complications compared to those treated at nonteaching hospitals, according to a study ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Pre-op pain patterns affect stenosis surgery outcomes

(HealthDay)—For patients with spinal stenosis without degenerative spondylolisthesis, predominance of back pain (BP) versus leg pain (LP) is associated with worse surgical outcomes, according to a study published in the ...

Surgery

Lumbar disc herniation surgery is effective for octogenarians

(HealthDay)—For octogenarian patients with lumbar disc herniation, unilateral laminectomy and discectomy seems safe and effective, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Spinal Disorders and ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

rhBMP-2 linked to increased rate of retrograde ejaculation

(HealthDay)—For patients with lumbar spondylosis or spondylolisthesis of the lowest lumbar levels who undergo open anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF), use of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Lasting efficacy for minimally-invasive spinal fusion

(HealthDay)—For patients undergoing spinal fusion by minimally-invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF), the procedure is safe and effective based on a follow-up of at least two years, according to research published ...

Surgery

Complications following two-level axial lumbar interbody fusion

Surgeons from the Instituto de Patologia da Coluna in Sao Paulo, Brazil have found that an innovative minimally invasive surgical procedure performed to achieve two-level axial lumbar interbody fusion produced immediate successful ...

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